Just stumbled across this forum today on BCUK (didn't realise there was such a thing as a hammocking forum otherwise I'd have been here a while ago).
I'm from Scotland, had a long time interest in bushcraft/camping/climbing/fishing, pretty much anything outdoors. Before my kids arrived, my camping tended to be pretty lightweight as, although I used tents sometimes, I preferred the poncho/tarp approach. For the past few years it's been a tent the size of a bungalow, car full of gear, formal campsites, etc (all the stuff I never thought I'd end up doing). The kids love it though and that's the main thing - plus it's a good gentle introduction to the world of rough camping.
From time to time I used a hammock but it was always pretty basic (mesh hammock, 58 pattern poncho, etc). Over the past few months I've had the hankering to get back to basics again (although with some of the newer, shinier kit that's available).
I did a bit of reading up online and found that looking for a concensus on what was the best hammock was akin to asking what the best football team is...
I finally plumped for a DD Travel hamock, DD 3x3 Camo tarp, tree huggers as my basic kit. The rest of the gear (sleeping bag, kip map/thermarest, etc) I already have but will no doubt experiment with/update as I go along.
My nice new kit arrived yesterday so (if the weather holds up) I'll be heading out to the woods shortly to practice hanging it and see what method suits best.
So, thanks for having me, looking forward to picking up loads of tips form you all as well as sharing my own experiences.