Hi folks. Those tree hangers at Whiteblaze have got me all kinds of curious, so I ended up here. I'm 46, and have been a backpacker for a few years, a car camper most of my life. I've got to admit, I REALLY want to give this a try. I don't know any hammockers in my area (Southern Oregon). So I don't think I can try before I buy. The closest I've came before is my brother's backyard hammock. But that thing was lights out! I had no idea what was out there for backpacking until the last couple of weeks. But is it really that much better than crawling thru the mud into my tent? As far as the gear I already own, how much of this is usable? A couple of wally world blue pads, a Big Agnes insulated air core, Montbell UL SS #2, no tarp. My girlfriend has mad sewing skills, so a DIY underquilt would be easy. I'd planned on buying a Skeeter Beeter, but I think I'll wait a few months and get a good one from the start. Anyways, I just wanted to introduce myself. I'll be asking alot of questions, and doing even more lurking.