FrankJ wrote:The people I know that use hammocks swear by them. Almost a cult. . On the other hand, in heavy use areas, if everybody used a hammock, you would quickly run out of live trees.
Another word of advice: Once you go tarp, you will never go back.
FrankJ wrote:Tarp camping is more of a culture than a method. A 8x10 silnylon tarp weighs less than a pound. The ways to set it up is almost limitless. Stake it low for storm protection or high for good ventilation. You get to practice ropes, not tying, & ingenuity in adapting your tarp to the terrain. The only place where a tent is actually better is where there are a plethora of bugs.
ronin718 wrote:I'm one of those hammock guys. Depending on the type you get, the hammock may not be lighter than a backpacking tent, but you don't have to worry about rocks, drainage, or other ground-level terrain issues. And since you're here in VA, you know there's no shortage of trees. You do need to know your knots, but other than that, they're a great option. I use mine in a 3-season mode, but I know you can do year-round with a hammock with the right gear.
The only complaint I have is it's hard to get dressed in a hammock. They're not really conducive to changing clothes since you're pretty much on your back the whole time.
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