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    Assateague Island and Hammock Camping

    The boys want to do a backpacking trip to Assateague Island in October (unfortunately same weekend as PA hang) and was wondering whether anyone has been able to pitch on the island vs. tent. Still want to make a portable stand to be able to deal with the lack of trees, but the one that I built from Instructables.com did not support my fat butt and I couldn't keep it from bowing in. I have since heard that maybe a spreader between the two posts might be the solution.

    Any guidance on Assateague Island or portable stands would be greatly appreciated.

    Pat

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    That's a good question. I stay around that area a few times a year and was wondering the same.
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    National Park Rangers were quite picky there a couple years ago - you had better call and ask them. If they say OK get the ranger's name for reference. Using a Hammock stand is your best bet (Turtle Dog).
    Horse flies and skeeters were extremely bad when I was there - a screened canopy over the picnic table saved my blood supply.
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    Mostly sand there at the camping spots. There are trees, but I don't know of any state run camping area with suitable trees for hanging. I know there are trees at several of the private campgrounds there.

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    No hanging in the trees there...take a stand of some sort...I live just 40 miles away and camp there quite often. I use a hammock with a bug net to keep from being a feast for the flies and skeeters. Watch you don't hang where the ponies run through either because they will knock you right over! Keep your food in the car because the ponies will steal it in a heartbeat...they took a bag of chips, stomped on it to pop the bag open and ate them all before I could even get the camera out. I take my bamboo stand and it works great even in the sand.

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