Trail Days 2010
I plan to hike from Erwin Tn to Domascus Va in May. I am planing the trip so that I hike into trail days, arriving on the 12 th of May. This is the first time I am carying a hammock, and all the videos of trail day showing tent city are devoid of hammocks. . I'm going to spent the 13th and 14th, at the event and I would like to know is ther going to be a place to hang? Also how safe is your gear sitting in a hammock all day or do I need to plain to carry it around with me?
There will be plenty of hammocks at Trail Days; more every year for the last three years. Near the parking lot for tent city is an area marked as "Quiet Area". It is fairly heavily wooded and is where you'll find the highest concentration of hangers. But, walk into the trees anywhere around tent city and you're likely to find a hammock.
I've never had problems with my gear left in my hammock under the tarp. Not to say there are no bad-evil-should be beaten within an inch of existence-people at Trail Days stealing gear. I've just been lucky enough to avoid them so far. If you know someone there with a car, it's not a bad idea to throw your pack and quilts inside while you're away.
You know there are a few of us hiking into Trail Days. You are welcome to join us. :cool:
thought there might be more replys
this is being discussed in the trip planning area.
Originally Posted by traftonm
What day are you starting? Me and a friend will be starting at 19E headed for Damascus. Do you hike high mileage days or is it multiweek trip?
There were a couple of people ripped off in some of the more popular tenting areas a few years ago. The hammockers are so far back in the woodsy swamp that no one is going to be able to find your hammock, maybe not even you if you've been partying. Besides, all the other hangers in the area would string up the thief with whoopie slings.
I am glad to hear the last part. Its been my expreanct that most people do not want to get involved and just look the other way.
Originally Posted by vitamaltz
Trail Days 2010 - Camping information
Camping at Trail Days will be different this year, with the old open camping areas being converted to ballfields. You can see a map of the camping area for this year at this site: http://www.traildays.us/lodging.html.
Next year we will be able to use the parking area being built plus one of the ballfields, but this year is transitional. The Trail Days committee is recommending that no camping fees be charged this year. We will update the information on the website as things develop.
We are recommending that groups that want to camp together (Billville, Miss Janet, Trail Talk, Riff Raff, etc.) send someone in early to stake out some territory. And bring some brush-cutting tools if you do this.”