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19577Re: [Hammock Camping] Springer Mtn Campout Dec 31, 2008

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  • EHamilton
    Dec 5, 2008
      Oh, brother, wouldn't I love that! Can't make it, though. We're going to be in New Orleans.  Darn.

      I'm new to the group, looking for hammock info as I'm debating switching from tenting/tarping to hammocking . I'm planning an AT thru-hike starting April 1.

      My ponderings about hammocking: Cold backside in cold weather (as in "Bridge freezes before road surface"); enough inside space for changing clothes, bathing, etc; and whether I'd like it.... I don't want to set out on a thru-hike with a system I'm not familiar with, and unless I can borrow one from someone to try it out, I don't want to spend money on one and then find I prefer tenting/tarping.

      But six-or-eight-legged critters and rain can't crawl under its edges, and you don't have to find a level site, big advantages over tarp, whose many uses and light weight are big advantages over the tent, which keeps bugs, rain, and curious glances out but weighs more and can only do one or at most two tricks.

      Decisions, decisions...


      From: Ed Speer <ed@...>
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, December 5, 2008 9:51:38 AM
      Subject: [Hammock Camping] Springer Mtn Campout Dec 31, 2008

      I hope everyone is planning to attend our annual winter hammock campout
      on Springer Mtn, GA.  Here in western NC, its now turned quite cold
      with some nights in the teens, so cold weather has difinately arrived. 
      The Springer Mtn campout is often a real test for winterized hammocks,
      although we've seen lows only in the 40s before.  If planning to join
      us, you should keep a close eye on the weather, as the access road is
      gravel & not maintained in the winter--snow or ice can easily make it
      unpassable.  In spite of the weather, we often have 10-20 hammock
      campers plus an equal number of ground sleepers for New Year's Eve on

      The following link provides more details:

      Happy Hammocking....Ed

      Moderator, Hammock Camping List
      Author, Hammock Camping book
      Owner, Speer Hammocks, Inc


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