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    Hammocking in Seattle area

    I am a newcomer to this forum and am planning a trip with my girlfriend to the Seattle area in late June. We have our Hennessey hammocks and will be bike/hammock camping in the area for 1 week. This will be our first hammock camp experience and we are quite stoked about it.

    I would love to hear from anyone who has experience of hammock camping in the Seattle area especially advice on stealth campsites.

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    Welcome Hangloose,

    Dont know much about the area other than what most already know. IT RAINS A TON.
    A bigger tarp would help out a whole lot. A bigger area to cook under, get dressed, etc. The Hennessy hammock, which I own 2 of, offers little room for error in bad weather. An advantage of carrying the tarp seperate from the hammock is if it starts raining, you can whip out the tarp and you have an instant shelter. Hard to do that with it attached to the Hennessy. I carry mine in the outside pocket of my pack. A few have mentioned they like their stock tarps though.
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    Good advice. I have a spare extralarge tarp for cooking, bike protection, etc.

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    I haven't been there, but want too some day.

    I am playing around with the idea of a long bike trip in a couple years. I have done some stealth camping on canoe trips. Only once did I run into issues and that was a hunter during hunting season. I still think that he was hunting without the land owners permission. A little worse than camping without asking.

    I also go with the approach that it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Looking someone in the eye and smiling also goes a long way. But use this advice at your own risk.

    On stealth camping here are a few ideas:

    Setup camp late and leave early.
    Don't lite fires or use headlamps.
    Try to get a little ways off the road (down a lane or in the woods).
    Try to use all stealth colored gear.
    Use your judgement, if you have a bad feeling about a place move on to somewhere better.
    Don't wait so late to setup that you have to make due with a bad spot.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
    The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".

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    June, July and August are the dry months here. I would be very careful around the Seattle area. Any large wooded area near Seattle is probably going to be home to homeless people.

    There are several State parks in the area. Where are you planning your bike trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    Don't lite fires or use headlamps.
    Just buy a red filter for your headlamp; beats the hell out of wandering around in the dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Just buy a red filter for your headlamp; beats the hell out of wandering around in the dark.
    What are the benefits of a red filter?

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    The light is not easily seen from a distance. A white light is easily spotted, but someone would have to really be looking to even notice a red light thru the trees from a distance. At one time I would have been able to tell you the science of why, but I think I killed those two brain cells sometime around 1997.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    At one time I would have been able to tell you the science of why, but I think I killed those two brain cells sometime around 1997.
    Different colors of light have different wavelengths. The human retina is able to discern some of those wavelengths better than others and red is one of the most difficult to discern. The drawback to that is that your visual acuity is less keen when using only red light.

    Just for trivia purposes, blue light has the shortest wavelength and therefore produces the highest visual acuity. Some high-end microscopes have blue accessory bulbs because of this.

    If you want to read more, start with reading about the visible spectrum, and then read about our ability to discern that spectrum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hangloose View Post
    I am a newcomer to this forum and am planning a trip with my girlfriend to the Seattle area in late June. We have our Hennessey hammocks and will be bike/hammock camping in the area for 1 week. This will be our first hammock camp experience and we are quite stoked about it.

    I would love to hear from anyone who has experience of hammock camping in the Seattle area especially advice on stealth campsites.
    This is the definitive site which should keep you entertained for hours on end. This is only one small section of the site. Also go to the home site which covers all aspects of traveling by bike.

    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...oc_id=1385&v=7

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