I have yet to sleep in a hammock. I retired last summer and have been shedding weight from my old backpacking equipment. I love tarps but the ground thing is getting too hard for these old bones. I like camping near tree line in the fall and steep mountains have few places to ground it so why not hang, problem solved. I have been making lots of light weight equipment and dug out my old singer and about to sew up a hanger. Lots to learn.