Thanks, I started as a quick and easy way to get back into camping. I bought an inexpensive hammock with a rain fly for about $60. As a kid in the 80s I did it a lot in the national forest behind my house. It’s easier than having to worry about what’s on the ground or if it’s wet. I just hang my shoes from a line and my clothes go in a pouch hanging from the ridge line. My Hammock is insulated and rated to 40deg and my bag is rated to 0deg if I add a fleece in the between the bottom layers I’ve been comfortable below 30deg.
Not having to worry about the ground is huge for me, I’ve never really found ground camping comfortable. My hammock works as a chair or lounger and my bed. It has a built-in bug fly to keep all the no see ems off me, but I still get good ventilation.
I tried a Gazelle t4 with a cot prior to buying this hammock and we get enough rain that it flooded the tent. A problem I’ve never had with my hammock, I have put the rain fly tight to the bug net and camped though some pretty hard rains.
I generally wake up with no pain in my joints, I do from my bed. Being in my 50s that’s important.