RE: [Hammock Camping] Baden Powel - hammocker
> I was going through a list of paintings by Baden Powel, founder of BoyMostly because I was not aware of it. ;) I'll fix that after a bit...
> Scouts. I found this image which he called My House in the Woods.
> It should look familiar to every hammock camper.
> I wonder why this image has not made it into the list of hammock
> histories I have read?
> http://www.imrisk.com/bp-house-in-woods.jpgIt's called an Ashanti. Had you read my wonderful and thoroughly complete
> It looks like it is a spreader hammock, perhaps even a modified cot?
page on the subject, you would know this. ;)
The founder of the Boy Scouts, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, slept in hammocks
when out of doors and recommended them highly. He even had one permanently
set up outside his home, where he slept often. This was actually the
Ashanti Hammock, which was less like a Mayan Hammock and more like a
suspended cot. In Young Knights of the Empire, page 184, he wrote, "Another
form of tent which I used in Mafeking and South Africa, and still use for
sleeping out in, in England, is one which you would hardly call a tent. It
is really a slung cot, with a moveable canvas roof to it. It is called the
'Ashanti Hammock'. It packs up quite small, and is put up in a few minutes.
Requires no pegs. Keeps you off the wet ground. And when the gale comes
and all the tents in camp blow down, you lie there swinging gently in the
breeze, the envy of all the rest. It also forms an excellent stretcher if
you are ill and have to be carried; and if you die it also makes a very
satisfactory coffin, being laced over you as you lie in it. Very complete,
Can you give any more information about the painting so I can attribute it
properly when I add it to the page?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Dylan Anderson <hum469@y...>
> My pointOr just flat-out tell baldface lies. Yep. It's happened lots of
> though was that the minorities (absinthe, hammocks,
> off roaders) are always the first one banned when the
> would-be prohibitors are aware of their presence, and
> it is only a matter of time with the rate of growth of
> hammock camping before the camping prohibitionists
> start talking about how damaging we all are. And when
> they attack something, junk science is always used.
times before. And you, Bill, Rick and the rest are right there's not
enough scientific data and we need studies. So they'll want to study
it. I'm guessing they'll ban hammocks while they do that.
Prohibition is the default option in government decisionmaking, after
all. And government studies (likes the ones done for the Park
Service) can take years.
I'm hoping that if we approach these people with something workable
we can avoid the prohibition part in the interim.