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    Using Hammocks in NewHampshire

    I'm thinking of getting a Henessy hammock to go backpacking with in the White Mountains up in New Hampshire. I'm trying to decide wether to just get a Bivy or get a hammock to use backpacking. Have any of you used a hammock to camp out in in this area? My Freind thinks the tree's are too small in the whites and I have not been there to see for my self. Neither of us have any experience with Hammock camping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    I'm thinking of getting a Henessy hammock to go backpacking with in the White Mountains up in New Hampshire. I'm trying to decide wether to just get a Bivy or get a hammock to use backpacking. Have any of you used a hammock to camp out in in this area? My Freind thinks the tree's are too small in the whites and I have not been there to see for my self. Neither of us have any experience with Hammock camping.

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    i hung every nite in new hampshire but 2 nights.i stayed in madison springs and lake of clouds huts.there is probally 20 miles in nh that is non hangable
    but those place are easily hiked thru if you plan right.but that 20 miles is spread outneo
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    im pretty sure most here will recomend you to go the hammock road . now the hammock you choose to begin with is up to you, but i find the hh to be great.

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    What do I do If I can't hang it up? Just sleep in it like a bivy on the ground?

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    the matrix has you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    What do I do If I can't hang it up? Just sleep in it like a bivy on the ground?
    no i stayed in huts the only 2 nights i did not hangneo
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    oooh I see.

    Cool pic's!

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    Been there and done that

    see this post.

    Actually I was on the AT in NH last weekend, near Hanover.

    Up in the Whites you do need to work a little bit to
    find spots where the trees are sparse enough to hang.
    But you don't have to work as hard as you do to find
    an off trail site to camp on the ground.

    Grizz

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    Elevation = Scrubby Thickets and Deadwood

    You will have to work to find the usable trees on trails in NH White Mountains. I did a Pemi loop and found it a challenge to find trees that I didn't have to bloody myself bushwhacking to. I made many forays off trail to find spots 200 feet from the trail and often returned to the trail frustrated. Also had to descend a mile down a trail to find a spot where the trees were hangable. Above 3000 feet the trees are scrubby and closely packed in with lots of deadwood. As many others have said forget about the ridges.
    You can definitely hang a hammock in the whites as there are plenty of trees, but plan carefully. You may need to descend to find trees that aren't in an impenetrable scrubby thicket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    I'm thinking of getting a Henessy hammock to go backpacking with in the White Mountains up in New Hampshire. I'm trying to decide wether to just get a Bivy or get a hammock to use backpacking. Have any of you used a hammock to camp out in in this area? My Freind thinks the tree's are too small in the whites and I have not been there to see for my self. Neither of us have any experience with Hammock camping.

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    I do have a lot of experience backpacking (hammocking) in the Whites.. those mountains are my playground :0) I definitely would NOT plan on sleeping in a bivy- there are remote campsites but they fill up quickly and that leaves you finding a place to lay your head with nothing but a slope under your feet.. i have seen many people turned away to find spots in between mountains...with hammocks you can camp pretty much anywhere. The trees are not too small unless you are looking to camp in the Alpine Zone which is prohibited anyways. Good luck and have fun!!!
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