... I'm an aussie living in upstate New York. But that's a story for another day
At the age of 50 my camping trips have ground to a halt. I love the outdoors, and I have been to the Adirondacks a few times, (a lifetime of stunning places to explore and only 3 hours away) but at the end of the day I go to ground.... bits of me go numb and the other bits hurt! Next day, the bags under my eyes make it hard to see the nature around me! And don't talk to me about those lean-tos. A great idea but the floors are harder than the ground! At least if you pitch your tent under a nice fur or pine tree you get a bed of needles. I've used a 1" thermarest for years but it ain't cutting it any more for this old bugger. To be honest I have trouble getting comfortable in a bed these days.
A couple of months ago I heard about hammock camping, and went out and got myself a Byer of Maine Moskito hammock. It was only 40 bucks so I thought well worth the price to try out. Then today I got myself a poncho liner from the army disposal store. I have hung my hammock outside, tied the poncho liner to the outside and have a lightweight fleece sleeping bag which I will probably just drape over me tonight. Expected temps are down to the upper 60s F.
So far it has felt very comfortable to lie in but this will be my first attempt to sleep in it. Wish me luck!