A portion of an email received from the GATC (Georgia Appalachian Trail Club)--
"Hammock Hang Kicks Off 2011 Appalachian Trail Museum Programs"
"By: Joe Patterson
"GARDNERS, PA. -- Ever go camping, back packing or even hiking and want to stretch out on something other than the ground? The answer is to hang a hammock between a couple of trees, hop in, relax and enjoy the tranquility of nature.
"Different types of hammocks will be on display at the Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"Demonstrations on how to properly hang hammocks will be given, and we expect a lot of interest as outdoor enthusiasts gear up for spring, summer and fall activities," said Tim Weaver, organizer of the event.
"Weaver said exhibits will include several styles of backpacking hammocks from Hennessy, Jacks R' Better, Tree to Tree Gear, Speer, Clark and Warbonnet, among others including "do it yourself" versions. Hammock insulation systems such as CCF pads, down under-quilts and top-quilts and Insultex will be critiqued by hammock hanging experts as well. They also will have on hand tarps used for hanging in all seasons of the year.
"Creativity is important in hammock hanging, and we will show what needs to be done to make hammock hanging the ultimate in comfort and protection from the elements," Weaver said. "We also will have a hammock hanging contest, and the winner with take home a DIY hammock."
"Discussion groups will be held throughout the day on “Advantages of Hammock Hanging”, “Ways to Lighten the Weight of Your Pack”, and “Hammock hanging with Disabilities.”
"In addition to the hammocks, home-made camping items like wood stoves, alcohol burners, hammock stands and Caldera Cones will be on display. Special demonstrations will be given on “Flint Knapping” and "Freezer Bag Cooking."
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GATC News & Events
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