[Hammock Camping] Re: Baden Powel - hammocker
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bill in Houston"
> I think that the straps may have become a red herring, and may havekind
> done more harm than good for the cause of hammocking.
> [...] In the same way, "use these treehugger straps so you
> don't hurt the trees" may put the thought in ones head that on any
> of tree, all hammocks w/o the straps are harmful (and even with theharmful on
> straps they are questionable), when in fact they may only be
> 2% of the trees in the US, if that many.Better to require straps and ban ropes than to have a few idiots ruin
things for the rest of us by misusing ropes. It won't take much "bad
news" about hammocks to poison the well for us hammockers... Some
rope-scarred trees here, some drunken hammock revellers there--first
thing you know we've got a bad reputation.
Straps-not-ropes provides a clear dividing line for regulatory and
public relations purposes. Everybody sees the differences, there are
no gray areas, no what-can-I-get-away-with games, no confusion.
We're already in an uphill struggle to get hammocking accepted on
Govt. regulated lands. Why make it harder?
- --- In email@example.com, 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.