Good looking tarp! I like it. Not sure just how much protection it'll offer from falling branches, but it sure does look nice. Very professional.
Originally Posted by RickNC
This is good to know! I am hanging in Ft. Clinch at the end of the month. I have some straps I never used on a DIY I can tie to my lines from my ENO ProFly, but there is such little tension in a tarp, it seems a bit like overkill. I'm still new to hanging so forgive me if I'm wrong, but can the tension from a tarp line really do damage to a tree?
The consensus seems to be "maybe", but I'm not an arborist, so...
The real reason for the tarp straps here is that it was illegal
to tie anything
to a tree in FL state parks until the pilot program started last April. This is a way of getting the powers-that-be to consider
hammocks as a viable camping option--note that they've not said that hammocks will definitely be allowed after this year, yet.
And, honestly, I don't blame the folks running it much; think about some of the...ahem...fine consumers...you've seen in front-country campgrounds over the years. "LNT" doesn't seem to be a part of their lexicon. If the straps weren't part of the whole shebang, I'm sure some fool would wind up trying to wire a tarp to a tree or pound in a nail to hang it or something else silly like that.