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Re: [Hammock Camping] Hammocks in the Grand Canyon

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  • Dylan Anderson
    Dick, Thank you for adding to my understanding of the rules, though I should have been more clear when I said I was not sure that you could hang anything on
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 26, 2005
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      Thank you for adding to my understanding of the rules,
      though I should have been more clear when I said I was
      not sure that you could hang anything on the trees.
      And you are very correct too about using cams and
      there being very few places to set them that would
      work. Walter, as for using tarps, they do not require
      trees at all. I think everyone on here was refering
      to setting up a tarp over their hiking poles and
      staking it down, which works ok, though many areas of
      the canyon might be hard to stake.

      When I said I have been known to hang off rocks, I did
      not necessarily mean any form of cam or other anchor.
      Sort of like using tree huggers, then tieing my
      Hennessy to them, I use a length of climbing rope
      wrapped around various rock formations much as I would
      if I were top belaying. Or sometimes, if there is a
      large boulder face, it is possible to wrap over the
      top and tie off to a smaller rock or branch jammed
      into a crack on the far side. The friction of the
      rope over the top, and the angle it wraps around back
      reduce the load considerably, and the end result
      works. I myself do not find these solutions any more
      difficult or time consuming than setting up a tent or
      tarp, so I would not agree that in my case the 5 wood
      analogy applies, but to others it is certainly true.

      All that being said though, I certainly DO NOT
      encourage those who are unsure of these techniques, or
      those who have not set up top rope belays using these
      riggings before to try them in the canyon. Many times
      spent falling or hanging 100 feet up on something I
      set myself convinces me that these methods will hold
      me 3 feet off the ground. But for those who have not
      had that experience and practice, even a 3 foot fall
      could cause enough injury on the rocks at the bottom
      of the canyon to make getting back out very difficult.
      I just believe that climbing skills for those who
      have them can be transfered over to several other
      areas of our outdoor experience. The first time this
      became apparent to me (The first time I set cams and
      hung the hammock on a climbing trip right at the foot
      of the climb while everyone else had to scramble a
      mile) I like to share the revelation.

      --- Dick Matthews <dick@...> wrote:

      > Walter,
      > There was a reason that I asked about the trail.
      > The most used trails are the corridor trails.
      > Indian Garden, Bright
      > Angel and Cottonwood have sanitary facilities and
      > picnic tables at
      > designated sites. They also prohibit use of
      > vegetation for anchors.
      > There will be ranger enforcement.
      > The threshold areas have sanitary facilities but no
      > picnic tables at
      > designated sites. The threshold sites get enough
      > use that I do not use
      > vegetation for shelter anchors. I do not want to
      > know whether the use
      > of vegetation for anchors is prohibited in these
      > areas - I may not do
      > it, but want to retain the option. I have been in
      > all of the threshold
      > sites and do not recall any place to hang a hammock.
      > These sites are
      > not chosen to accommodate hammocks.
      > Camping is "at large" in the primitive and wild (no
      > trails) areas.
      > There are not many trees big enough, spaced
      > correctly and free of
      > undergrowth to hang hammocks. Your best bet is
      > using rock climbing
      > cams. However, the Redwall is the only rock layer
      > solid enough to use a
      > cam between the Coconino and Tapeats.
      > I love my hammock more than I love my 5 wood. I do
      > not take my 5 wood
      > into the traps or onto the greens. I do not take my
      > hammock into the
      > Grand Canyon. The hammock is the wrong tool for the
      > job.
      > Dick Matthews

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