Originally Posted by Michele
Man...I'm bummed for all of you who can't make it. I was really looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Does anyone know if there really is going to be a designated hanging campground this year? I remember there being talk about it earlier this year.
my understanding is that they will keep open an area in the woods for white blaze & hammock forum members. but i don't know just how it's going to look.
the woods surrounding damascus is prime territory for poison ivy<g>.
here's a post from the thread titled "traildays logistics"...
i emailed Local, then gave him a call to get a better idea what to expect when we get to the camp ground at trail days.
he said they do plan to spray the poison ivy the first week of may & there should be enough volunteers coming in early the week leading up to trail days that they should be able to clear out some of the dead ivy & other weeds.
but if anyone is able to go to damascus a day or so early & help, well... many hands make light work.
even though they plan to clear out an area, i would still suggest that we think about how we move around in camp.
the vines & dead leaves still have the oil that causes the rash. that's a fact.
so i will at the least always have shoes to step into when i stand up from my hammock, & i'll be thoughtful of the stuff as i walk around.
i'll plan to have plenty soap & water ready to use any time i think i may have made contact w/ it.
i may even take a square of outdoor carpet to have beneath my hammock<g>.
and if i can't avoid using a tree to hang from that has the vines on it, i'll just put the support webbing in a bag when i break camp & wash it when i get home.