18009Re: single point hoisting systems
- Sep 10 7:02 AM--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Richard Tucker"
> Hello! I look forward in reading posts and learning from everyone. My
> son and I have started hiking and we are getting to the point of
> camping over night. We live in Maryland and we have already seen
> coyote, fox and have heard of a black bear sighting in our area.
> I want to look into SINGLE point hoisting systems that will raise a
> hammock above the trail for a safe night rest. Does anyone have any
> links or pointers for us?
Welcome to the forum.
As a new backpacker, I think you may be overreacting to the dangers of
backpacking in Maryland. In other areas of the world your precautions
might be warranted but I don't think so in Maryland. It is customary
to hang your food, cooking utensils and other smellables overnight to
keep critters out of them. You should be fine sleeping in a tent,
trail shelter, under a tarp or just under the sky. Of course most of
us here prefer hammocks but that is not usually for a safely issue.
Suspending yourself in a tree out of reach of wild animals is a danger
in itself may be far greater danger that the threats of wild animals
in Maryland. Maybe you should look at starting out camping on the
Appalachian Trail, it goes through Maryland and has some shelters that
other folks are likely to be camping at as well-- bring your own tent,
hammocks, or whatever, and set them up near the shelter. There are
usually tent sites close by and trees for hammocks. That should
soothe your nerves about the noises critters make in the night and
give you a chance to see how others handle camping issues. Another
option would be starting out at primitive campsites, both private ones
and at state parks where you wouldn't feel isolated or even one of the
drive in campsites where your vehicle is near bye.
A lot of us will be camping in such a campsite this weekend in Hot
Springs, NC on one of our SouthEast Hammock Hangers Association
(SEHHA) get togethers. The Appalachian Trail goes through the town of
Hot Springs, NC. http://www.hammockcamping.com/Assets/HotSpringsSep07.htm
aka Youngblood 2000
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