I've been hanging around this forum for a little while, but have not posted yet. I like to spend as much time as I can outdoors, but have always been a tent camper. For the last year or so I've been trying to reduce my pack weight as much as I can, which led me to look into hammocks about a year ago. But since I usually camp with my wife, and she didn't like the idea of not being right beside me, I put the idea of a hammock on ice. Jump forward, I found some hammocks at the local MEC store (Mountain Equipment Co-op), and so without too much research into it, other then wanting to try, I purchased a Hennessy Expedition Zip.
So far, I have it set up in my basement and I've been playing with it and trying to get the right 'hang'. I've switched the suspension to whoopie slings i got from AHE. and am looking into doing something with the tarp as well.
Had I found hammock forums earlier, I probably wouldn't have bought the expedition, becuase I am 6' tall and found out that it is good for people under 6' if you are 6 and over you need the larger model.. oh well.. its still comfortable and I plan on taking it out in the backyard one of these days this winter. (just need to get some warm insulation first!)
I am a big diy'er so I already have plans of building my own gathered end hammocks, and am currently mid-project on a cat. cut tarp. (not sure if that will work with the hammock though)
I think I've rambled long enough.. Just wanted to say Hi, and thank everyone for all the great info that is on this site. I'd also be interested in hearing about any 'local hangs' in the central Ontario area, as I try to find any excuse I can get to spend more time outdoors. (I live about an hour north of Toronto)