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    Sheri and Randy Get Out More?

    Maybe something to consider . . .

    I recently attended the Grand Opening of the Mast General Store in Columbia SC a few weeks ago and got to listen to the Backpacker presentation with Sheri and Randy Propster. There was a hammock-maker there and Sheri and Randy spoke briefly about using hammocks for backpacking. This got me thinking about using the media to help educate the public and possibly lend a helping hand to persuade law makers into seeing the benefits of using hammocks in ALL state parks.

    Then I got to thinking about how the Mt. Rogers Hang this year invited the Grayson Highlands State Park Rangers to join them on Saturday during the event. Why not extend Sheri and Randy an invite to one of our bigger hangs where some of our cottage guys could be present as well as those of us that thoroughly enjoy hammocking for any occasion whether it be backpacking, kayaking, motorcycling, backyard . . . I'd be willing to bet with enough advance notice Sheri and Randy would make the effort to be there. It would make great publicity for our cause and enhance any efforts to help change some state laws.

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    Muskrat:
    The other day while I was in the car I heard an advertisement on the radio for ENO hammocks..........of course it was a local outfitter pitching the hammocks but they were selling them as a tree friendly, low impact alternative to tents. So it appears that it is happening, slowly but atleast its happening......
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbamaguy View Post
    Muskrat:
    The other day while I was in the car I heard an advertisement on the radio for ENO hammocks..........of course it was a local outfitter pitching the hammocks but they were selling them as a tree friendly, low impact alternative to tents. So it appears that it is happening, slowly but atleast its happening......
    Nice step in the right direction. I just read over the thread where FL state parks have laws against hanging hammocks to trees. Sounds like there have been attempts to enlighten some of the lawmakers there but maybe shedding some educational publicity via through the likes of Backpacker and other outdoor magazines might help to provide some additional support to the benefits of hammocks.

    Randy and Sheri seemed to give me the impression that they would love the opportunity to search out new ways, techniques, and gear to enjoy backpacking more. With hammocking evolving, some good publicity from Backpacker could be beneficial, not to mention what it might do help out our cottage guys & gals.
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    I think this is a great idea! The more people talking about an issue the better. As long as they are open minded about the subject (but not so open minded their brains fall out). It always amazes me when people dismiss something out of ignorance. I am doing my part to spread the word about hammock camping. www.cwhammocks.com is a labor of luv. I just hope the wife doesn't find out I have been spending actual $money$ to keep it going
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