Originally Posted by BillyBob58
. I figured( or hoped!) there would be smaller trees ( usable for hammocks) mixed in with the gigantic ones...a climb of Mt.Baker in early June about 20 years ago, and later with my wife for dayhiking in late Aug or Sept, and I don't remember any problems at all. But I've ben reading that the black flies can be a real problem.
Last set of days off I hung my new Hennessy Backpacker A-sym Ultralight in the North Cascades National Park east of Mt Baker. First night was in a virgin, old-growth forest deep in the North Cascades wilderness. The overstory trees were large but there were smaller mid-canopy trees that were perfect to hang from and right over the designated tent pad. Photo at http://www.msnusers.com/hikingjer/on...o&PhotoID=1000
The second night I got a chance to sleep in the new HH when it was cold, down to the upper 30s with just a down quilt and a 3/4 length blue Wal-Mart foam pad. I slept but it got chilly at times. It can start to get chilly at night in the Northwest usually starting in mid-late August and especially in September nights. A trip report with photos is up at http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7961560
Did you notice much poison ivy or poison oak when you were hiking in the Olympics or Cascades?
Except for low elevations in the Columbia Gorge on the Washington side, there's no poison oak in the Washington Cascades. There's poison oak along the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington right as it enters the state right above Hwy 14 north of the Bridge of the Gods. It's too cool and wet elsewhere I suppose. I've seen poison oak in the Oregon Cascades but mostly that's been on the south end of the Willamette National Forest and Rogue River National Forest in southwest Oregon at low elevations like around Glide, OR. Tons of poision oak in the Oregon and northern California Siskiyous.
BTW, if anyone is interested in reading academic books on forest structures "Forest Stand Dynamics" by Chadwick Oliver is a standard text in forestry colleges. With this book, you can use big, fancy smarty-pants words about trees and forests with your hammocking jargon and acronyms.