There are some considerations other than hammock or not in deciding where on the PCT you hike. How are you for high altitude hikes? Extreme cold? What about extended uphill climbs (gains of 2000-5000 feet in a day)?
People think you can't hammock in the high reaches of the mountains. I just spend four days above 10,000 feet. I anticipated not being able to hammock and took a tarp - I was upset that I didn't bring the hammock. I could have been hanging the whole time. Dumb assumption. We were on the section of PCT between Bullfrog Lake and Rock Creek (got off at Horseshoe/New Army Pass). Mt Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48, is just a short 10-12 miles off the PCT in that section. Plenty of foxtail pines around to hang from (provided you have long straps).
Last edited by lori; 08-31-2010 at 13:50..