While I've ordered a hammock, I can't quite say I'm a hanger yet.
Last year I discovered ultra-light backpacking, and found a pack that weighed 25 lbs a refreshing change from the 50 lb packs I used to carry. That's given me an incredible joy, as I thought I had no chance of ever seeing the high country again. (I am a cancer survivor and heart disease combatant.)
But the nights in even an ultra-light tent was still uncomfortable to painful.
The last hike I took this summer saw me abandoning the hike because the night was so painful.
I wanted to get away from the heavily used campsites, but found myself on steep slopes with only the tiniest of "flat" surfaces just uphill of large trees. It was obviously hammock country, but I had no hammock. I was testing a super-ultra-lite tent, and it was just not right for me, in any sense! I have not spent a worse night on the trail nor in the mountains in over 50 years!
Remembering a long ago night camping in the Sierras with a friend's family, and spending the night in a canvas hammock, I thought I should check out what's happening with hammocks - especially since rumors of light-weight hammocks had wafted past my ears.
Yesterday I ordered a WBBB (cool! I know the abbreviation already!!!), their underquilt, and an MLD hammock tarp of cuben (I knew MLD from the UL backpacking). I also ordered a set of whoopie slings and webs. I'm pushing 60 years, but I figure if the hammock gives me a comfortable nights sleep, I've got another 5-10 years of hiking left......at least!
I understand I will have to wait awhile for the WBBB and tarp, but school has started again, and I have classes to teach. I may have a weekend or two before next spring, but by then the hammock should be here, and I'm hoping for comfortable nights in the mountains come spring!