Originally Posted by steveflinn
Ranger hassled me in Yosemite this summer. I'm just lying there, drowsily wishing the world well, hanging out in the open with my HH 2" tree huggers attached to a couple of scrubby pines. Nothing weighty - just me in an AMK SOL Escape bivy on an ENOSN.
That ranger marched up in the dark and declared that I was "destroying his trees", along with other nonsense. At midnight and in the middle of a nylon shantytown filled with snotty german tourists and noisy, disposable-diaper-clad, bacon eating mass consumers!
I just blinked back at him. I didn't want to add any ammo to his anti-hammocker ideas and thereby hurt the whole hangin community. But he could easily have had himself some impromptu astronaut training. Getting away from silly conflict is why I get out of the City.
Next day I checked in at the ranger station and asked if they had any guidelines about hammocking - nothing specific about swinging, they said, they merely protect the park, including the trees.
Oh well, maybe a brown bear will get him.
My wife and I have a strategy for dealing with people just like this ranger you are talking about. Step 1) I shut my mouth. Step 2) She plays dumb and apologetically explains our situation as if we had no idea what we are doing.
What makes this really funny to me is that she's one of the smartest people I've ever known, but it seems like any random stranger will buy her little act. Nobody would believe me if I tried it.