I know I'm preaching to the choir here but I just had to comment on something I found very disturbing while on the AT.
I passed a LOT of people using HH without tree huggers. In fact, I can only remember three guys I saw that were using them. To be fair I should also note that there were several hikers that were using other brands (Travel Hammocks come to mind) with bare rope suspension lines tied off to trees. All of those I talked to said that it was just too much trouble and extra weight to carry and use the huggers. Also there was distructive behavior. At one of the hostels where I stayed (Chet's Place) a guy tied his HH to a tree and to an unsupported split rail fence line post. The fence was pulled badly out of shape and was not repaired before he left. Education is not the problem, apathy is. Many hikers feel that just because they are out here hiking on the AT they are entitled to do pretty much as they please no matter who suffers because of it. Like I said, this is not a problem here. I just thought I'd make the community aware of what I saw.