Originally Posted by dejoha
When Andrew Skurka published Alan Dixon's 3-part series on hammock camping
, there were some claims
that the West is less accommodating to hammocks due to lack of trees.
Living in the West and the East, I can attest that the West is more sparse, but I've rarely had a problem finding trees. However, I thought it would be interesting to find an image that showed tree density or coverage across the US to validate some of these claims.
To my delight, I found this intense study
that gives a good indication of tree coverage in the world. Where I live in Arizona, there is a nice slice of high tree density, and several patches throughout that are probably mountain ranges.
The worst spots: Nevada and the mid-West. Any Nevada hangers here?
Pretty neat. I can see( I think ) the Mogollon Rim in AZ, the Wastch and Uinta ranges in UT, and very clearly the Wind Rivers in WY, and of course others. Even neater, with the Winds for one example, you not only can make out the range easily but you can tell where the trees end and it goes above timberline.