HH tree huggers & tree damage
- During this 6-day trip with 5 nights at elevation >3400 m, I hung from
two species of trees: Cryptomeria sp (Japanese Cedar) and Juniperus sp.
The Juniper is the only tree growing at Taiwan's highest elevations.
It's also the one that shows krumholz (i.e. grows along the ground
instead of standing tall) at high elevations.
Even with the HH treehuggers, bark of both species showed clear evidence
that I had hung from the trees. The Juniperus trees actually sustained
The Cryptomeria just showed some compression on the bark:
<080901-255HammockHang2-CryptomeriaSp-Hugger.JPG> and closeup
<080901-254HammockHang2-CryptomeriaSp-Huggers.JPG>. This was no
different from the previous experience. In another place (1500 m
elevation) I monitored the recovery of two Cryptomeria trees after
hanging from them one night. It took about a year for the trees to no
longer show visible signs of the places where the tree huggers had
wrapped around them.
The Juniper, however, is a different story with different circumstances.
First off, the trees were huge! Standard tree huggers were too small.
On one tree, I managed to wrap the tree huggers around it once and a
half: <080904-521HammockHang2-JuniperusSp-Huggers&Spectra.JPG>. This
meant, the HH spectra was against the tree. This half of the tree had
suffered previous damage, but the spectra shaved off bark and cut into
the bark <080904-528HammockHang2-JuniperusSp-Huggers&Spectra.JPG>. The
tree hugger webbing embossed itself onto the bark:
On the second tree, the tree huggers were large enough to go 3/4 the way
around. This worked out ok, because years ago a branch had fallen off,
making the trunk sort of concave. The HH spectra never came into
contact with the tree: <080904-520HammockHang2-JuniperusSp-Hugger.JPG>.
It was the tree huggers that were cutting into the bark and abrading
the bark: <080904-534HammockHang2-JuniperusSp-hugger.JPG>. This was
where there was some shifting as I entered and exited the hammock.
There was also some compression of bark on the back of the tree:
Admittedly, I definitely pushed the warrented weight limit for a HH
backpacker asym. My husband and I both sat on it in chair mode for most
of one afternoon. The HH backpacker asym is warrented for 200 lbs, we
exceeded this by about 140 lbs. I had already noticed the damage to the
bark that morning.
- Cara Lin,
Have you thought about adding a "solid barrier"
between you and the soggy fog?
Perhaps Ed's 10' x 11' Winter Tarp?
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