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    Question AT class of 2013 or 14 Hammock question I PROMISE

    Wife says go thru hike, so go thru hike I must, yea I got one of the good ones. Question: I want to hammock the trail but will there be areas that I must dwell on the ground and need to carry a pad to set up on? If so are those anti-hammock friendly areas confined so I can have a self inflating pad for only a section and mail it there and then send it back latter. The back is so-so, so I need a very comfortable pad, that I do have, but that means space and weight So any thru hiker that hammock-ed could you be kind enough to let me know. Thanks in advance.
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    To ease all troubles from my mind
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    As day surrenders to inky night

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    smokies you have to stay at shelters if they are not full. very easy to hang in them. you won't knock it down, the bears can't.

    the whites you can not hang in huts or above tree line. a little planning and you can hop the tent areas.

    i don't carry a pad at all any more. only done 1200 of AT, but did the Ga, NC, Tenn, Va and NH & Me.

    i also hung at the DC greyhound station on an 8 hour layover in a snow storm
    It's not procrastinating, its proactively delaying the implementation of the energy-intensive phase of the project until the enthusiasm factor is at its maximum effectiveness.

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    'hung at the DC greyhound station on an 8 hour layover in a snow storm'
    now that should be in the awesome hang thread!

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    I thru hiked the AT in 2011 with a hammock. I had a NEO air mat shipped to me at Fontana and carried it for the rest of the hike.
    I had to use a shelter for two nights in GSMNP as they did not fill.
    I went to ground at Trents Grocery store, he provides camping with shower and laundry but I could find nowhere to hang. I could have moved on but chose to camp with friends.
    I went to ground at The Blackburn Center but only because I thought it would be nice to sleep on the porch (it was not)
    I went to ground at Wind Gap, The Beer Stein provided free camping in a grassy area behind their building but no trees, again I chose to camp with friends rather than hike on a little. (The folks at the Beer Stein treated us extremely well).
    I chose to use the new shelter at Raven Rock as there was a lot of very close lightning when I was there. There was plenty of hammock opportunity in the vicinity of the shelter.
    In the Whites I worked for stay at Zealnd Falls Hut and Lake of the Clouds Hut but hammocked the rest of the Whites.
    I used shelters a few times through Maine, the shelters were rather empty by then and the mosquitoes were gone so the shelters were appealing when the weather was wet.
    I also used Birches shelter in Baxter
    In summary, there were very few nights when going to ground was necessary and a few others where I simply wanted to camp with my friends. I did not regret carrying the extra weight of the Airmat as it gave me more options. I used an underquilt with my hammock so the Airmat was not dual purpose

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    Karl and Richard Thank you so much for the information. Richard thank you for the Neo air idea I will have to look at that Neoair as it seems so much smaller than my self inflating pads that I have now. Can it really pack back up as small as the advertise? Or is that only with a Doctorate in Engineering and a Minor in Origami
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    I can tell you that you will not have any problems hanging in New Jersey, There's plenty of trees. You can start camping 2 miles north of Sunfish pound. Once you get passed Culver's Gap, you can hang near the shelters. About the only issue we had on the hike was finding a tree that wasn't dead or had widow makers looming above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    smokies you have to stay at shelters if they are not full. very easy to hang in them. you won't knock it down, the bears can't.
    +1 on hanging in the Smokies, if the shelter is full and your a "long-distance hiker" you can hang near them, if not, you can hang in them
    see you on the trail,
    Mike

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    Busky2: My Neo was the original Yellow and silver one, I think its been superceeded by a more robust but heavier mat. I always folded it flat and it took very little space in my pack. It came in three sizes, I have the large. It is a very comfortable mat.
    Many people complained that this mat was noisey but I did not find it so.
    Enjoy your hike, I certainly did and I think about it daily. I will be attempting the PCT in April, with my hammock.

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    When I did my AT thru hike in 2004, only went to ground twice. Both times, I could have hiked on a little bit and found a place to hang. In the Smoky's, the rangers let me hang even if the shelters weren't quite full, since they felt hammocks didn't do the sort of damage tents do. Not sure they would still do that now. In the whites, was able to hang at all the campsites I stayed at. Was not able to hang at the huts, had to sleep on the dining room floor. At the time, I carried a closed cell pad for warmth and was comfortable enough on the ground so it wasn't too big a problem.

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    Fishbait, black foot and bear bag hanger thank you for the information. I like the idea of hanging in the shelter up north ans also may check with a ranger as to that possibility of hanging in the Smoke's even with only partially full shelters. Jersey does have it's trees, yes it does, and I loved hanging in the DWGapNP. RichardD best wishes on your upcoming PCT adventure.
    Whether trail or paddle don't you know
    My hammock is the way to go
    There peace and solitude I find
    To ease all troubles from my mind
    Both body and soul revel in delight
    As day surrenders to inky night

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