Hi, I'm in the beginning stages of a cross country trip. I plan on leaving early next June. I'm looking to go west to east and finish in Boston where I'm from. I'm leaning on a northern to mid country route. Has anyone hammock camped? Does anyone have a strong feeling one way or another between tent and hammock?
I always thought a tent was way more suitable for a coast to coast trip. Unless you just really hate sleeping on a decent pad on the ground, I wouldn't consider a hammock. My advice is to get a decent pad and a tent.
I have heard of a few folks that were die hard hammock users who managed, but tents are way more common on the coast to coast rides I have done. I actually don't recall seeing anyone on the Trans America or the Southern Tier using a hammock. I camped a lot of places where it would probably been either difficult or impossible to find a way to hang a hammock. I suppose if you carry a pad too you could use it like a bivy when necessary, but I don't see much benefit to a hammock unless you really hate sleeping on the ground.
I did the ST with a bivy and found it OK, if a bit sweaty, when it was hot and the bugs ruled out cowboy camping. Most folks find a bivy too confined though.