Re: newbie from Miami's set up
- --- In email@example.com, "dlfrost_1" <dlfrost@a...> wrote:
>Doug, you have made a good point... one that the hammocking community
> Dave, I'd trust you or Ed or most of the other folks here to come up
> with rigging schemes that won't harm trees. But I'll always talk any
> newcomers away from rope use because I'm thinking long term. I don't
> want land managers talking about the "hammock problem" five years
> from now. (Heck, that might happen anyway, given the number of Eagle
> Creek hammocks local gear shops are selling... No one's telling
> these people to use webbing, and the rest of us hammock campers will
> probably get lumped in together with them when the tree scarring
> starts becoming obvious.)
> Doug Frost
should address. I have hammock camped in established campgrounds on
three occasions this year, which is two more times than I have in the
previous years that I have used hammocks. As primarily a backpacker I
have looked at the LNT aspect of hammocking as "what is good enough to
not damage trees the one time time I use them and gives me the lightest
weight, most functional and easiest to use backpacking hammock" (I also
often throw cost into the equation).
Your comments have made me consider that most hammocks are probably
used in high-use campgrounds and/or by folks that may not campout often
enough to understand the fine details of hammock suspension lines and
how they can damage trees. Certainly high use comes into play in these
situations and then the attitude "what is the best I can reasonably do"
is likely the appropriate attitude.
This weekend at a campground I met a first time hammock user that
didn't use the manufactures supplied tree huggers for some reason...
either he didn't think he needed them or didn't understand how to use
them. Sargent Rock and I explained that he did need the tree huggers
and showed him how to use them... it was kind of ominous considering
the web postings we had the previous week. FWIW, I made a pair of 1"
wide tree huggers to use at campgrounds friday before I left and used
them on this trip.