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    dont think it will be a problem

    we've hung every other week in the Smokys for the last 8 weeks.
    But since its the 'busy' season we've been very legit (mostly, we did stealt once near the Cataloochee Divide) and been at the real
    campsites, even some that required res. which we had.
    Now I have to say we have only seen one ranger, this last weekends hike at the trailhead near roadtonowhere and she was on day hike patrol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Then there is the gray area; hanging inside the shelters. Pretty sure this is technically illegal since there are signs in the shelters telling you not to set-up your tent in the shelters. While not a tent, I think it would be a lame argument to make to a Ranger.
    One could argue that a hammock and tarp is equivalent to a tent and a hammock alone is equivalent to a sleeping bag. "I'm not setting up my "tent-equivalent" in the shelter. I'm setting up my "sleeping bag equivalent." I think that's reasonable.
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    GSMNP shelter strategy

    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    One could argue that a hammock and tarp is equivalent to a tent and a hammock alone is equivalent to a sleeping bag. "I'm not setting up my "tent-equivalent" in the shelter. I'm setting up my "sleeping bag equivalent." I think that's reasonable.
    I would also use this argument as a defense against criticism of in-shelter hanging. If not enough room to hang in shelter without disturbing other guests, then I would define the shelter as "full" and hang "in the vicinity" outside. I'd be very surprised if this did not work to allow hanging without bringing a separate pad, etc, at least 99% of the time. I've noticed that it only takes a few hikers to "fill" a shelter
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