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    Smile Canopy Camping - Minnesota

    I have started an onslaught in all of the forums I am part of in search of fellow outdoorsmen who want to join me camping in the tree canopy. I am tired of choosing between sleeping near the ground with friends or sleeping at height alone. I have an extra harness and all of the gear necessary to outfit a newbie climber and to make sure he stays safe through the entirety of any upcoming adventures.

    I will now use pictures to get you psyched. I have posted two of these already but see them again and envision the fun you could be having.

    Big Woods State Forest:


    My DIY hammocky-portaledge thingy:


    Superior Hiking Trail:


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    Do tell me if you want to join in on the action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Refreshing View Post
    I have started an onslaught in all of the forums I am part of in search of fellow outdoorsmen who want to join me camping in the tree canopy. I am tired of choosing between sleeping near the ground with friends or sleeping at height alone. I have an extra harness and all of the gear necessary to outfit a newbie climber and to make sure he stays safe through the entirety of any upcoming adventures.

    I will now use pictures to get you psyched. I have posted two of these already but see them again and envision the fun.

    Big Woods State Forest:


    My DIY hammocky-portaledge thingy:


    Superior Hiking Trail:


    -

    Do tell me if you want to join in on the action.

    Refreshing
    Now this is interesting...
    Tell me,
    How do i climb a tree that may not have ideal branches for climbing?
    hmmm... wondering if i might fall out tossing and turning at night...
    How much gear-weight would be required to climb and safely hang - at heights?

    Do I smell the potential for a new sub-forum yet?
    - Loki,

    "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
    Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
    The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
    while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
    John Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    Now this is interesting...
    Tell me,
    How do i climb a tree that may not have ideal branches for climbing?
    hmmm... wondering if i might fall out tossing and turning at night...
    How much gear-weight would be required to climb and safely hang - at heights?

    Do I smell the potential for a new sub-forum yet?
    Thank you for asking! As you can see in the following photo the "branches" are definitely not ideal for the first 30 feet of this tree.



    Arborists use a very light throwline with a weight to get the main rope into the tree but I won't go into detail on how you secure the rope into the tree without being in the tree ...If you are awesome enough to forget that you are sleeping 50 feet in the air and exit your hammock your life will be saved by the harness and rope that you do not EVER remove while in the tree (yes, this means that if you like sleeping naked you will not have the freedom you are used to). And as for the extra gear weight, you must realize that your freetime will be spent climbing and the nonsense stuff like hatchets, books, spare clothes, giant cooking pots, etc is pointless when you are in the tree so my climbing pack weight is usually only like 5 pounds heavier than usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Refreshing View Post
    ... when you are in the tree so my climbing pack weight is usually only like 5 pounds heavier than usual.
    For that view from the canopy, I would add the extra weight on a short hike.
    Canopy views are usually spectacular (and you may be elevated enough to avoid the Jurassic T-Rex too

    However, MN is a long way from NC! So. I'm going to have to learn this somehow... Perhaps a thread in the "Suspensions..." forum with a how-to video and instructions, equip list, etc would spread your idea? http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/f...splay.php?f=86
    - Loki,

    "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
    Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
    The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
    while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
    John Muir

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    Hey Refreshing!
    Frist of all - awesome.
    I'm about to do the same thing, facing the same like you:
    Not so easy to find company...
    Well: visit me in Germany, give me a call, and I'll be with you.

    Oh, and:
    Hi to everyone - this is my first post here.
    It's so nice to see others who are just as insane as me
    Never assume malice when stupidity will suffice.

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