I hail from SW Ohio -- originally from Northern CA. I used to camp under lean-to's in the Sierra's when I was a kid and teen. Ohio camping is quite different, (tarps, bug nets and water filtration still seem like "extra" gear to me, even though it's been 30 years since my last Sierra outing -- yep, another old newbie here) but I'm planning on trying out hangs in a variety of states.
I've been lurking for about a couple of weeks, and haven't pulled the trigger on a "proper" hammock yet, but somehow I've already spent myself into the poor house on gear?!?
Already got some great tips from here, and really enjoyed watching the videos posted by grizzly adams/professor hammock and shug.
Looking forward to getting to know everyone.