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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyFurnace View Post
    Have any of you AT hammock hangers had any problems finding places to setup your hammocks???? I'm starting my section hike the 2nd week in July at Cades Cove then over to Spence Field, north on the AT for 6 days. I can't imagine that finding two trees would be a problem but there are five hammock hangers that have never hiked the AT, so I thought I should ask.
    Sounds like you're hiking in the Smokies. Note that you are required to sleep in the shelters in the Smokies, with the exception that AT thru-hikers are allowed to camp if and only if the shelter is filled to capacity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyFurnace View Post
    Have any of you AT hammock hangers had any problems finding places to setup your hammocks????
    I spent a few minutes looking once. Got a little worried for a few seconds.

    No, never had any problems finding a couple of trees to hang between for the night. Although, a few times my 'best site' was not ideal. That was the result of wanting to stay with the group I was with at the time. Another couple of minutes down the trail and it wouldn't have been an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    No, never had any problems finding a couple of trees to hang between for the night. Although, a few times my 'best site' was not ideal. That was the result of wanting to stay with the group I was with at the time. Another couple of minutes down the trail and it wouldn't have been an issue.
    Same here.

    You will have to do some creative reasoning on the AT in the Smokies to be "allowed" to use a hammock but it has never been an issue for me.
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    Much easier finding a place to hang a hammock than finding a place to pitch a tent.

    I remember stopping at Partnership Shelter (so I could order a large pepperoni pizza and take a hot shower) then pressing on a couple of miles after dinner (that's eating my regular dinner after eating the large pizza. I miss being able to eat like that!) and hanging between a couple of trees on the side of the hill below the trail as it got dark. Spent a perfectly comfortable night in a place you never could have pitched a tent.

    And one afternoon hiking through Shenandoah National Park I was chased along a ridge by a wild thunderstorm. I found the first spot in the trees where the undergrowth was more or less open and got my tarp up just as the storm arrived. Then I was able to hang my hammock and get my gear sorted out protected from the rain, crawled into my hammock with a book and my transistor radio, and spent a cozy, comfortable evening out of the weather. It's a great feeling, and I miss it.
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