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    Might i suggest that instead of amsteel you pick up a string hammock (bought one for the yard at canadian tire for about 10 bucks) and hang it above your tarp? Same effect as the more expensive amsteel but lighter and much cheaper and it saves you having to weave it together. Easily spread out to act as a net with a couple tie outs.
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    Yeah im also in Oregon and so far my experience has been when snow falls by the time it hits me i'm just getting mass amount of powder dusting me. I think the thicker pine/fir trees are pretty good at breaking it up. If the tree is smaller I shake/kick it a few times.

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    Personally I just look up and try to at least know what it is that will kill me. You could try some of this though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackd View Post
    Might i suggest that instead of amsteel you pick up a string hammock (bought one for the yard at canadian tire for about 10 bucks) and hang it above your tarp? Same effect as the more expensive amsteel but lighter and much cheaper and it saves you having to weave it together. Easily spread out to act as a net with a couple tie outs.
    It would be much cheaper but then your defeating the whole idea behind the strength of the amsteel for protection from widow makers. Regular cordage for netting just doesn't compare to the strength of amsteel. But anything is better than nothing I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pag View Post
    Personally I just look up and try to at least know what it is that will kill me. You could try some of this though!
    That is probably the best practice for hammockers. Being able to spot possible dangers from widow makers is better than any safety net. Although sometimes healthy looking branches end up snapping off without warning. Ive seen the pine trees in my yard strip each others branches off in whirling winds because the trees keep smacking into each other as they spin about. Sometimes no matter how hard you try to spot the dangers, they can still slip by.

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    I threw my bear bag filled with snow at the snow in the trees till it all came down. Kinda silly but it worked for me :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by r34ryan View Post
    I threw my bear bag filled with snow at the snow in the trees till it all came down. Kinda silly but it worked for me :P
    Brilliant!
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    Could you shake the un-nerving limb with your bearbag line?
    Or instead of the net, just a couple strands back an forth on the tree above your tarp would help.

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    My vote is option #2.

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    Darwin would be proud

    Looks like this thread evolved from being concerned about an upper snow pack to branches. Supposedly - because it is mentioned in every "hanging" book I've read, dead branches are easily recognizable. One does not set up under them.

    My concern was healthy branches with a large snow load in the winter. If you can "shake" a Ponderosa Pine or a sturdy Doug Fir, you are quite the man or woman. It is outside of my range.

    Also, with the trees I see, the branches start about 20 feet up - a bit of a toss for anything substantial.

    I think the best bet is to be more judicious about which trees to use. With a blanket of snow on the ground snowshoes or xc skis allow much more access than off trail bushwhacking in the summer. So I can take more time and have a wider selection of supports to choose from.

    Now, if the temps would just move away from the 10 degree portion of the scale, I can try this winter hanging out.

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