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    Hammock use in Rocky Mountain NP

    I'm working on the logistics for a summer trip to Colorado and I was wondering if anyone had any beta on hammock use in RMNP? I couldn't find any information on the National Park website so I thought I would pick the collective mind of HF.

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    My theory is, "if it aint in writing, it's OK". I'm sure some Park officials may have a different opinion about that, but at least they would have to prove it. Of course the prudent thing to do is call and ask, but you know what they say, "it's easier to ask fo forgiveness ..................".

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    I live not too far from RMNP, and have been planning to go there for a hammock trip sometime soon. I'm more concerned about their bear canister regulations than I am about whether I'll be allowed to use a hammock on backcountry trails.


    As an aside, are you a climber? I've rarely heard the term "beta" being used outside of that community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustardman View Post
    As an aside, are you a climber? I've rarely heard the term "beta" being used outside of that community.
    You are correct. I'm a climber and a lot of the climbing jargon has worked its way into my everyday vocabulary.
    Incase there is any confusion: beta = information.

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    Never had a problem in the park, although I've only camped at backcountry sites. There are no rules specificly banning the use of hammocks in RMNP.
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    Getting the beta on RMNP so you can send that puppy, well that's the crux isn't, otherwise you'd be deadpointing your way into the fray. (-;
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    Backpacker magazine used "beta" a lot a few years ago but it never really caught on outside of their readers. You could always tell who posted on the BP forums, though...b/c they used BP's jargon in the other forums like it made them cool. Cyberhikers...

    Not sure how many of them were climbers, though.
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    Note from whiteblaze:

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowleopard View Post
    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_12245805
    Park requires bear-proof canisters for campers
    The Associated Press
    POSTED: 04/28/2009 11:48:30 AM MDT
    UPDATED: 04/28/2009 02:50:30 PM MDT

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo.—People camping overnight in Rocky Mountain National Park's backcountry will have to carry bear-proof food canisters starting Friday.
    Park officials say increasing numbers of bears have been getting into people's food, resulting in conflicts between the animals and people. Two men were seriously injured in 2003 by a bear that park rangers believe was used to rummaging through campers' food.

    The men had stored their food correctly.

    Food canisters have been required at some backcountry camp sites because of bears. Park officials say some campers don't hang their food from trees to keep bears out of it. Sometimes there are no trees nearby.

    Campers will have to show they have a food canister when they get their backcountry camping permit.
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    I talked to the Rangers earlier this week and they were pretty clear about canister use. What was disappointing was that the Park has decided that Ursacks are not adequate.
    I didn't ask about hammock camping because I couldn't handle a double scoop of bad news (heavy bear canister + uncomfortable tent).

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