I just wanted to say thanks for the wealth of info on this forum, more than enough material to gather the knowledge to venture back out in to the woods. The reason I am writing this is in case there are others out there who may be on the fence still and I would say go for it.
I mostly do day hikes with my wife but after a recent multi day trip in the Venezuelan Andes I decided that I would like to start doing overnight and 2/3 day trips.
This all led me to hammock research as many years ago I was a ground dweller and now older and wiser would like a bit more comfort.
I obviously read a lot and watched videos that have been posted. I didn't want to spend a lot on initial kit and so decided on a Skeeter Beeter Ultralite and added whoopie slings and straps from Arrow Head.
I went with a large tarp in the hope that I can get my wife interested and so went with a Kelty Noah 12.
Most of my hiking is done in the tri state region of North GA, TN and NC and so that is where I planned my first trip. Supposed to be 2 nights but turned into 1 night due to a lack of water sources. The Big Frog Wilderness in GA can get very dry and so a lesson learned......carry a bladder in case you need to haul extra water when you can get it.
The first day took me further than I wanted to the Jacks River where I knew I could get water, so about 15 miles from my start point, I must get my pack weight down.
Had a great site next to the river though, you couldn't ask for a better spot for my first night in a hammock. The hammock went up fast after tree selection but because I had not had the opportunity to test the tarp that took longer to get it set how I wanted.
Found a spot to hang my bear bag, also a first......hope no one was watching.
I didn't sleep too well and I have read other posts mentioning the same problem and I think it was because it was too quiet but the hammock was comfortable. I am a side sleeper and that was not an issue. I did add a structural ridge line that helped with this a lot though. Also interestingly I was able to detect cold spots mainly around my shoulders and I doubt the temperature was much below 60 so that is something to address next time out.
Next morning I spent more time enjoying the location and adding a ridge line to the tarp and guy lines etc, experimenting before continuing my hike looking for the next site. Sadly the 2 litres of water that I had were barely enough to get me the 5 hours it took to find another water source and by that time it was late and I was only an hour away from my truck so I decided to call it a day.
Overall though I had a great time, learned a lot and plan to get out again this month when I return to the area, hopefully with my wife this time.
So for anybody thinking about hammock camping I would highly recommend it.