Hi. I'm Undershaft. I came over here from the Whiteblaze forums. So....this hammock thing is an idea that I find interesting. I'll be honest, I have a tent. It's a lovely 2 person tent that has faithfully served me for seven years now. I really love my tent and have mixed emotions about giving it up. My tent is roomy, weatherproof, easy to set up/take down, and makes a very comfortable shelter on the trail(let it be known, I'm quite comfortable sleeping on the ground). It is also heavy and kind of bulky. Neither of these "cons" have been a problem in the past, but I'm willing to take a chance that I can do better.
Last year I recieved a HH Expedition Asym as a gift. After examining the HH is seems like a great alternative to my beloved tent, but I'm still skeptical. I guess thats why I'm here. This hammock appears to be capable of doing everything my tent can do plus some other neat advantages. It weighs over 50% less than my tent, it will open up a whole range of new campsite potential, and will take up a lot less space in my pack. On the other hand....the hammock has no vestibule to store my crap and cook in during inclement weather, has very little space inside, and I'm a bit unsure as to it's horrific weather coping ability. I have visions of being very wet in this hammock.
Here's the deal: I depart Harper's Ferry on May 20th heading northbound to Katahdin. This is the longest hike I have attempted and naturally I want to reduce my pack weight. I am planning on using my hammock for this reason. I have spent a grand total of two afternoons in my backyard inside the hammock. So far I don't hate it, but I'm not in love yet. A couple of issues have me unsure as to whether I even want to keep dating my hammock. I'm willing to give it time to allow the chemistry to develop, but I will need your help. Over the next six weeks I will be asking questions. Lots of questions. I'm used to figuring things out on my own, but this hammocking deal seems to have a lot of tricky little details associated with it. Therefore, I must call upon your collective experience to get me ready for 1,100 miles of hammock hanging. Think you can handle that?