This is my first post here, been lurking for a week or so. I am new to "hanging" or "hammock camping," not too sure of the proper lingo...
By way of introduction: I live in Missouri about 40 miles from Kansas City. I'm a physician by vocation and a karatedo teacher by advocation. I've been a doctor for 25 years & a karate instructor &/or student for almost 40 years. My vocation & advocation allow/require me to travel extensively in the USA & overseas. I enjoy cycling, kayaking, hiking, camping, scouting, adventure travel and history travel. I recently finished retracing the Lewis & Clark Expedition from East St. Louis to Seaside Oregon & back using a combination of cycling, camping, hiking and kayaking, did this over 3 summers... looking back I think "hanging" would have added a great new dimension to my travels.
I try to multitask in most of my leisure pursuits combining two or more of these activities most of the time. In my business travel I try to add a little time before or after to pursue these outdoor activities. These activities have been a consistent part of my life since progressing through Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts & into Adult Scouter leadership/support activities and in my stints in the USN & USAF & USAF Reserve.
I believe I have a fair amount of woodcraft/outdoor skills but very limited "hanging" experience except for some limited exposure out of necessity while in the military in the early 1970s.
I do not own a hammock system yet but I've been trying to become "educated" to make my first intelligent hammock buy. Initially, I was leaning toward ENO (my son & one of his friends recently started using ENO rigs) but now I'm just a few clicks away from purchasing a Clark NA w/ an XL tarp. I ordered Ed Speers "Hammock Camping" and thought I would postpone my purchase until I get a chance to read his book.
I've been reading through some of the threads on this forum and I'm finding much helpful information. I don't believe I can contribute much to the discussions since I'm a neophyte in this mode of shelter but I sure do appreciate what I've learned so far. I can see significant advantage to adding a hammock system to my other outdoor pursuits.
Thanks for posting this info and for maintaining this forum. I'm looking forward to learning more and applying what I learn to my outdoor pursuits.