Hi Newbie with a question regarding designated backcountry sites
What a fun place. I have been backpacking for a long time, most principally on the AT and in the Smokies. I just got back from the Smokies in fact, I got to visit one of my favorite spots, Poke Patch, anyone been there? Now I am back in Manhattan at work but my mind, heart and soul are still on the trail; I bet there are a lot of people in this forum who know that feeling.
Well while surfing around I found whiteblaze.net and then the hammock forum. I knew very little about hammocks, I have always been a tent camper, but this hanging around in the trees stuff really has me enthralled. I can't wait to dive in and try it.
There are so many great hammocks to choose from and I have been reading for hours here on the forum learning about different viewpoints. I am considering the HH Explorer Ultralight because I am 6'1" and about 170 lbs. I also think I would prefer to sleep flat or have that option. I am not sure I could sleep on my back in the bannana pose? My wife sews very well, so I could make a hammock but I think the HH Explorer Ultralight seems like it has it all for not too much money, I might benefit from having a hammock that someone has already figured everything out, other than reinventing the wheel.
Is there any problem with camping in areas other then designated backcountry campsites? Has anyone ever had any trouble from the parks with hammock camping?
I look forward to learning more about hammocks and hammock camping.
welcome to HF NYC hiker. i'll bet you do long for the trails living in the city. i live in a rural area & think about getting back out in the woods all the time.
some camp grounds in state parks don't want anything tied to the trees, but most it seems are ok w/ it... especially if you explain to them that you use webbing to protect the tree from damage. a lot of the personal have no idea about such things & some times they seem to be quite pleased that you are being that thoughtful.
but if in dought about a camp ground where i've never used a hammock before, i'll take a hammock stand just in case.
about stealth camping, there's a thread about that.
Welcome NYC Hiker!
I don't know about NY, but all the park rangers/wildlife officials I've run into here in Florida have had zero problems with them. I get asked two questions with regularity: "Can I try it?" and "Where did you get it?".
Obviously, I'm happy to help with their questions :D. I have had one person give me a little flack, but as slowhike mentioned, once you explain that webbing/tree huggers are LNT endorsed, most issues go away.
Welcome to the gang.
Thanks Cannibal and Slowhike,
It has brought about whole new possiblities of places to set-up camp and travel. Stealth camping has been on my mind a lot during busy parts of the trail.
Welcome to the forums, I know how you feel, I also work in NYC.
Never had an issue with setting up on the trail, I even had a ranger check out my setup at a state park in PA. He told me I was just about the right distance from the ground so the local bears could use it like a feed bag.
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