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    Smokies Guidelines on Using a Hammock

    I saw this and thought it needed to be posted here.


    Here at ATC we have received a couple calls about whether it is legal to use a hammock on the A.T. in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Yesterday I called the backcountry specialist in the park to get the definitive response. Here's what she said.

    Hammocks are acceptable in the same circumstances (when a person who meets the park's thru-hiker definition finds the shelter full and has the appropriate permit) and locations (in the immediate vicinity of an A.T. shelter) that tents are acceptable. It is not acceptable to hang a hammock in a shelter or from a shelter. The park has started noticing resource impacts from hammocks, meaning damage to trees and trampling. She hopes that the A.T. community can work together to educate our fellow hikers about minimizing impacts and following good Leave No Trace practices. If behavior can be changed voluntarily through education, then additional restrictions will not be needed and the freedom to use a hammock will be preserved.

    If you use a hammock, please use a wide band around the tree to protect the bark. To reduce trampling impacts, choose a location where vegetation will have minimal damage (choose areas with durable surfaces like grass or leaves, rather than lush vegetation), use soft-soled shoes, and be mindful of your footprints, especially in areas where there is fragile vegetation.

    More information about hammock camping from Leave No Trace can be found at http://leavenotracecommunity.blogspo...k-camping.html.

    More on Leave No Trace generally can be found at www.appalachiantrail.org/lnt and www.lnt.org.

    Please share this information with other hammockers.

    Happy hammocking!

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    Thanks, Ewker! HERE is a link to the blogspot about LNT hammock camping. The one above wouldn't work for me.

    Hammock Forums even gets a mention and a hyperlink! YAY!
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    Thanks Pipsissewa for fixing the link
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    Folks need to know that the GSMNP is also initiating a new reservation system starting February 13 that will affect AT thru-hikers and others using backcountry sites. This system includes a fee of $4/night/camper at backcounty sites and a $20 fee for thru-hikers using the park. Hope that everyone does best practices and that hammocks will continue to be welcomed in the park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Les Rust View Post
    Folks need to know that the GSMNP is also initiating a new reservation system starting February 13 that will affect AT thru-hikers and others using backcountry sites. This system includes a fee of $4/night/camper at backcounty sites and a $20 fee for thru-hikers using the park. Hope that everyone does best practices and that hammocks will continue to be welcomed in the park.
    On February 13, backcountry reservations and permits will be available at www.smokiespermits.nps.gov. The page wasn't live as of yesterday
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    usually i would complain about having to pay to camp and hike in my backyard but the improvements they are doing to the shelters and trails will make the fee worthwhile for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombieforce View Post
    usually i would complain about having to pay to camp and hike in my backyard but the improvements they are doing to the shelters and trails will make the fee worthwhile for me
    the improvements to the shelters and trails are done by volunteers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    the improvements to the shelters and trails are done by volunteers

    Really? I knew the work was done by volunteers but I was told that the money would be used to help out with supplies and materials and such guess I was told wrong and if the fees arent goim to trails then i will just forego the fees like I had planned originally
    Last edited by Zombieforce; 01-30-2013 at 21:04.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombieforce View Post
    Really? I knew the work was done by volunteers but I was told that the money would be used to help out with supplies and materials and such guess I was told wrong and if the fees arent goim to trails then i will just forego the fees like I had planned originally
    I'm on my phone; when I get home I find the link that outlines what the fees goes toward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombieforce View Post
    Really? I knew the work was done by volunteers but I was told that the money would be used to help out with supplies and materials and such guess I was told wrong and if the fees arent goim to trails then i will just forego the fees like I had planned originally
    it is suppose to go to 2 new rangers who will check all of the campsites..yeah right
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