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    I've hanged quite a few times right next to creeks etc.
    Yes the noise is very relaxing but after a while quite loud and sleep can be hard to find.

    Now I just use trusty ear plugs when I camp. Isolates all the other noises as well, not sure if that's a good or bad thing but I sleep very well with the plugs in.

    I just take them out when I wake first thing in the morning so I can still enjoy the peaceful bush sounds awakening, all after having a great, quite nights sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pig.slayer View Post
    Now I just use trusty ear plugs when I camp. Isolates all the other noises as well, not sure if that's a good or bad thing but I sleep very well with the plugs in.
    I'm sure the scouts would love it if I used ear plugs at night. In fact, I am surprised they haven't found a reason to present me with some made up certificate of appreciation that includes professional ear plugs. I'm sure it's coming!

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    Great timing for this post! Just last night while on travel for work I stayed in a hotel and the alarm clock had those 'nature sounds' settings on it, and I drifted off to the song of a babbling brook. And giant mutant frogs. Before I fell asleep all I could think of was how wonderful it would be to span my favorite trout stream nestled into my as-yet-to-arrive Blackbird!

    But then...a thought of collapsing into that 50 degree water (due to operator error, of course) had me thinking better of that kind of setup. YIKES! And OUCH.

    And now for the PSA...

    As a wilderness trail overseer in Shenandoah NP, I sometimes have to remind folks in the backcountry along my trail--which happens to parallel a rather popular trout stream--that they are in a designated wilderness area and are required to camp at least 10 yards away from any stream. I believe hammock camping to be about as close to leave no trace as it gets, but please keep this in mind when choosing your spot IF you happen to be in designated wilderness areas of our NPs. 30 feet is plenty close to hear that water! If you are brave enough to climb trees and hang ten yards ABOVE the stream, I say go for it! And please post pictures.

    SNP backcountry guidelines can be found here:

    http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/campbc_regs.htm

    And +1 on that temperature difference by said streams up in them thar hills.
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    Good point about the 10 yards. I think of myself as a good steward of the places I hang above, and this seems logical to me. What is the official rationale behind it (just erosion)?


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    I like to camp next to running water, normally. Last year we were next to a lake and I hung with one end on a tree barely inside the waters edge. The water rose a little overnight so that I was basically half over water. Hearing the lapping all night definitely caused an extra trip out of the hammock during the night. It also raised the difficulty in getting in and out while staying dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    Good point about the 10 yards. I think of myself as a good steward of the places I hang above, and this seems logical to me. What is the official rationale behind it (just erosion)?
    My guess would be erosion, some, but I think more to reduce the risk of contaminating natural water sources. Or maybe flying piranhas? Perhaps some science-y person could weigh in. There are similar rules regarding proper distances from streams for digging catholes and such. My favorite (?) was picking out disposable diapers left behind in an illegal fire ring right next to a stream. Trifecta! Some folks just aren't down with the stewardship thing, I suppose.

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    I always considered the "X distance" from water sources a two fold measure, 1. Contaminants leaching into water from cat holes, food pits etc. 2. Animal usage; while this is less an issue on streams and rivers, an easy access water source for us, is an easy access water source for animals. A big loud stinky human camping right at a watering hole will keep most animals from visiting what may be their only "easy" access water.

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    I can take a gurgling stream, but anything louder than that bothers me. I like earplugs too. Sometimes I sleep with my ipod on very low, just barely audible.

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    I probably would have slept like a baby. I require noise to cancel my ringing ears when I sleep. I always listen to my iPod when I camp.
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