View Poll Results: Can the John Muir Trail be camped solely with a hammock?

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    Red face Hammock Camp the entire JMT? Y or N

    I also posted this question on Backpacker's site. It will be fun to see if the two forums answer the same or quite differently.
    Can it be done?
    I see many pictures of hangers that hang above tree-line on boulders....
    Keep an open mind....and feel free to laugh and share your thoughts, yes I may be, probably am..nuts. Mule
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    I dont know enoguh about the different types of terrian you'll encounter. i know it's mostly above treeline, but as for trying to hang by using climbing gear, i just do know, but say YEA go for it, just bring something as a backup if you find you can't hang all the way. I'd love to do the JMT sometime so let us know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost93 View Post
    I dont know enoguh about the different types of terrian you'll encounter. i know it's mostly above treeline, but as for trying to hang by using climbing gear, i just do know, but say YEA go for it, just bring something as a backup if you find you can't hang all the way. I'd love to do the JMT sometime so let us know.
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    So many trails so little time.

    I talked to someone at some point this summer about it. I was told there are more trees in some places than is let on. But there are also stretches without many.

    Somewhere I remember reading that a lot of people cowboy camp, which is super fun. The biggest issues are condensation, it might not be at that height. I also remember reading somewhere that after a certain time bugs are not an issue so bugnetting isn't needed.

    As our buddy Bulldog said, I would bring a hammock setup, a pad you are comfortable sleeping on the ground with, a ground sheet, and be able to setup your tarp on the ground.

    Sounds like a great time though.
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    I'd love to...But If I did it would have to be Mid August or so because Im going to NOLS to take a WMI course. Ill be taking the WEMT course to catch up for paramedic school. Ill think about, but i think Id be intrested. As for the ground sheet, a GG polycryo sheet in ultra light so you can carry a sudo ground setup.
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    As long as you have a suitable ground setup to fall back on, I think it would be doable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    So many trails so little time.

    I talked to someone at some point this summer about it. I was told there are more trees in some places than is let on. But there are also stretches without many.

    Somewhere I remember reading that a lot of people cowboy camp, which is super fun. The biggest issues are condensation, it might not be at that height. I also remember reading somewhere that after a certain time bugs are not an issue so bugnetting isn't needed.

    As our buddy Bulldog said, I would bring a hammock setup, a pad you are comfortable sleeping on the ground with, a ground sheet, and be able to setup your tarp on the ground.

    Sounds like a great time though.
    Hammock Engineer, I think your old buddy, Bulldog is right on. I entend to take a tarp that can be used on the ground or over a hammock. I have seen pictures of people hanging between boulders too. If I took, say, twenty feet of webbing on each side instead of 12 that may be possible too, and maybe some of those gadgets that fit into cracks in rock to hang from. Mule
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost93 View Post
    I'd love to...But If I did it would have to be Mid August or so because Im going to NOLS to take a WMI course. Ill be taking the WEMT course to catch up for paramedic school. Ill think about, but i think Id be intrested. As for the ground sheet, a GG polycryo sheet in ultra light so you can carry a sudo ground setup.
    I hear there are some advantages in going in August especially if the mountains got a lot of snowpack that year. Please do keep this in mind and stay in touch. Mule
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    As long as you have a suitable ground setup to fall back on, I think it would be doable.
    Thanks Headchange, does that mean you are coming? Just kidding, I wish you could though. I hope this happens for me this year. Mule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skskinner View Post
    Hammock Engineer, I think your old buddy, Bulldog is right on. I entend to take a tarp that can be used on the ground or over a hammock. I have seen pictures of people hanging between boulders too. If I took, say, twenty feet of webbing on each side instead of 12 that may be possible too, and maybe some of those gadgets that fit into cracks in rock to hang from. Mule
    sounds like a good plan to have those few extra ozs along on that trail.
    i'd guess that they would add enough to your hammocking (& high quality rest) to justify the ozs.
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