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    Washington alpine hang zones (what areas do/don't work for hammocks?) Enchantments?

    Hey gang,

    Any generalities regarding areas that work well vs don't work for hammock backpacking in western Washington? Thinking back through all of my years of hikes I really can't think of many places that had no trees, but then, I wasn't looking for hammock trees on those hikes. Are there any clues you use when choosing hikes that tell you it may (or may not) be a good location for hanging?

    In particular, I'm headed to the Enchantment Lakes in September. We only got a Snow Lakes permit so we'll be there for 3 nights (with day hikes into the core Enchantments,) and from photos I've looked at, it seems there should be plenty of trees at least at that level...

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    Plenty of trees up to below Aasgard Pass, none up on Little Annapurna, but well worth the climb for the views. I love that place. I was perched up on a rocky outcrop looking toward Rat lake on a summer afternoon once when a cloud of butterflys passed around me. Another time a nanny Mtn goat and kid chased me round my camp. Think they thought I'd be a good salt lick. Have fun up there.

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    Thanks, NordicNorm!

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    My pleasure. A few afterthoughts - lots of good rock to hang from in the Enchantments if you have the appropriate climbing gear, skills, etc. and inclination. Also, while Sept. is usually the "golden zone" weather-wise for North Cascade Alpine, unseasonal early snows are possible (and can be slippery on all that boot-polished granite). There are some permanent snow fields and steeps above the upper lakes where light duty crampons and an ice axe are nice to have.

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    This is a great question and I'm really glad you asked! Being a noob to hanging I was/am curious too. Look at these pics.
    Garmin Enchantments.jpg Earth Enchantments.jpg Earth Enchantments Zoom.jpg
    Look a the size of the downed trees in the zoom pic.

    I think you are going to find trees available below 5000' in most areas if it's not a narrow avalanche-prone valley, and higher in broader basins. But in any case, take a topo, zoom in with Google Earth and take a look and it will give you a real good idea.
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    [QUOTE=NordicNorm;1262317]

    Thanks for the videos! Hard core!

    So gorgeous. I can't wait to be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Miller View Post
    Look a the size of the downed trees in the zoom pic.

    I think you are going to find trees available below 5000' in most areas if it's not a narrow avalanche-prone valley, and higher in broader basins. But in any case, take a topo, zoom in with Google Earth and take a look and it will give you a real good idea.
    Great tip! Thanks!

    Of course, being a gram-weenie, I'm also trying to learn how to tell how big of tree-huggers I'll need. Guessing that the higher I'm camped, the smaller the trees, but it would be a bummer to end up with too small of gear because I cut 2 ounces... :-P

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    i take an 8 foot strap and a six foot strap. if the strap does t quite reach, put the strap around the back and use rope to finish the loop around the tree on the hammock. my straps have a dutch clip on one end and a sewn loop on the other to make this easy.

    with my six and eight foot combo, i can site most areas in sub-alpine western WA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceiliazul View Post
    i take an 8 foot strap and a six foot strap. if the strap does t quite reach, put the strap around the back and use rope to finish the loop around the tree on the hammock. my straps have a dutch clip on one end and a sewn loop on the other to make this easy.

    with my six and eight foot combo, i can site most areas in sub-alpine western WA.
    I've got 4's and 8's and was considering one of each, too...saves a whole ounce..woot. ;-P Though how much extra cord do I have to cary for the difference "just in case"...more than an ounce? And how silly do I feel going out of my way to cut one ounce...? (Yeah, I know, do that enough times and you've saved a pound...!)

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