[Hammock Camping] Re: Baden Powel - hammocker
- --- In email@example.com, "Bill in Houston"
> Because once you quit basing decisions on reality, it makes it eventhat
> easier to ban something. If you accept the spurious proposition
> all hammock ropes are harmful to all trees, then you are just thatmuch
> closer to accepting that all hammocks with straps are harmful toall
> trees. It's best to keep a grasp on reality and logic for as longas
> possible.Point taken, but let's all remember that decisions about government
policy are not inherently based on reality and logic, but are instead
political at least to some degree.
If problems with careless hammockers becomes too severe for land
managers to ignore it won't be talked about as "those few individuals
who use small, hard ropes." It will be referred to as "the hammock
problem" and will very likely be dealt with on that basis. My
suggestion that webbing only be allowed is an attempt to short-
circuit the problem at its root. I'll leave it to you to decide the
- --- 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.