Originally Posted by brownham
How do you avoid trees with dead limbs on them when everything is naked?
LOL...this is a good question. My first hammocking overnight was in early spring before the leaves and buds started coming out. I found a great spot, tied off, slept that night.
Came back three weeks later and found that one of the trees I had tied off to was dead as a post. Not a single leaf.
My general suggestion is to always make sure you stop to camp when it's light enough to see out. Grab the trees that you think may have limbs anywhere near where you're sleeping, and shake the snot outta them. I'd prefer to be looking up and ready to dodge anything that could potentially come down then, rather than have it land on me in my hammock in the dead of night.
Other suggestion...do not camp anywhere near rocky outcroppings. They may look real stable, but you never know when one might calve and crush you.