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    Hammock Trend

    What percent of campers do hammockers make? I'd venture a guess and of course, we are a growing trend over the last 5 or 6 years. Is there a reliable poll that anyone might know of?

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    I've never seen any statistics, but I would be interested in seeing the same info.
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    IMHO: We are a very very very small group (hangers) of a small group (backpackers).
    We are growing exponentially: I have officially converted at least 8 people, I know that some of them have also made conversions. So it would indeed be neat to know how many of us are "out there" but I'm thinking that is an unknowable number. There are 2869 members here at HF.

    Of those that hang, there are even fewer (1%?) that do so in winter, about 50% of them make the Mt Rogers hangout each year, & Jan there were 40 of us if that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari View Post
    Of those that hang, there are even fewer (1%?) that do so in winter, about 50% of them make the Mt Rogers hangout each year, & Jan there were 40 of us if that helps.
    The number of winter hammockers is in all likelyhood unknown and unknowable. Did you count me in?

    Maybe I'm just being humour-deaf.

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    I would totally go to Mt. Rogers if it wasn't so dern far from northern New York. But I'm a winter hanger too.

    I've gotten a bunch of people interested, but none have yet made the jump from the ground to the sky. The usual reasons include camping with a significant other (rather harder to cuddle in two hammocks as opposed to one tent) and fears that the tarp won't keep them dry. Note that all the times the groundpounders have gotten soaked, I was happily dry in my hammock.

    Ever considered throwing a more northerly hang-out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adkpiper View Post
    Ever considered throwing a more northerly hang-out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    If you host it... they might come.
    Yea, I always wanted to go to "Upstate New York" & you guys get colder weather than VA do.

    But then so do Finland, Hmmmmm. And that is more of a foregin country than New York is , , , ,

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    BTW: 50% is just a very rough estimate.
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    I agree that it's expanding geometrically. The group of five I camp with on a regular basis had no hammock rigs this time last year. Now, two of them have HH rigs and I recently got a DD hammock and tarp that I like a lot. Still working on the other two... my DD Traveler came with a DD scout thrown in, hoping to use it to convert one of them (a dedicated tarp-tent camper).

    Don't know if it counts as winter camping, but I've had a very nice night's sleep in my DD down to 20F (and another around 32), and I've known my buddies to do similar temps in their HH rigs. I'll be using this as a 4-season shelter.

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    Percentage of Hammock Campers

    Over the past few years there have been several threads that address camping style both here and on Whiteblaze. Hammockers generally come in around 10%.

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    Mostly 2 of us were back country wilderness rangers from 1990 to 2007 (exceptions below) at Mt Rainier = 0 hammocks out of many many thousands of campers.

    One worked Olympic summers 2004-2005 = 2 hammocks out of at least a thousand. Plus off season 2001-2006 = 0.

    One summer in Sequoia 1999 = 0 hammocks out of at least 2000+.

    BUT yesterday the local BP store who has been selling ENO's for about 2 yrs or so told me they plan to add Hennessy soon. (We can 'almost' see Hennessy's island to the north from home) They said the ENO's are starting to sell -- esp to climbers.

    Will demo Hennessy and ENO set up and hammock issues for the store later next week after our own BP trip.
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