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    Great info guy! Thank you!

    So here's kind of a dumb question....

    How does fog effect you? Will it leave me soaking? Will a tarp be useless against fog?

    Haha, sorry... don't get much fog out here in the midwest.

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    Don't worry about long straps. You're not going to strap to an an old redwood.

    Not to worry, there's LOTS of other trees amongst the redwoods to hang from. And any other tree is going to give you better traction for your strap. Plus, why gamble on falling branches that are so much bigger and higher up?

    Beyond that, we locals love those trees... far more than visitors and civility. Now, that bark is going to survive us all. But it's just not cool to damage redwoods - or even risk it. Good way to make locals unfriendly or hostile, great way to provoke a ranger.

    And if you do, don't let me catch you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toes View Post
    Great info guy! Thank you!

    So here's kind of a dumb question....

    How does fog effect you? Will it leave me soaking? Will a tarp be useless against fog?

    Haha, sorry... don't get much fog out here in the midwest.
    Definitely bring a tarp, the fog can definitely make things damp, however during the summer months it a constant ever changing ebb and flow of fog and moisture. You will be fine, just remember it's all about layering on the coast as the weather is always changing. I would also recommend if you have the time and resources try to spend a little time in the mountains to the east, it is a short drive and a completely different experience as it it much warmer and dryer. The Trinity Alps is magnificent.
    Fair Winds & Following Seas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveflinn View Post
    Don't worry about long straps. You're not going to strap to an an old redwood.

    Not to worry, there's LOTS of other trees amongst the redwoods to hang from. And any other tree is going to give you better traction for your strap. Plus, why gamble on falling branches that are so much bigger and higher up?

    Beyond that, we locals love those trees... far more than visitors and civility. Now, that bark is going to survive us all. But it's just not cool to damage redwoods - or even risk it. Good way to make locals unfriendly or hostile, great way to provoke a ranger.

    And if you do, don't let me catch you.
    Great advice! Thanks, Steve!

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    The state of Jefferson will rise again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCfree View Post
    The state of Jefferson will rise again!
    Its a local CA OR kinda a thing referencing Thomas, not Davis...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor View Post
    Its a local CA OR kinda a thing referencing Thomas, not Davis...
    I have been a rec. gold prospector and dredger for over 25 years and have spent many summers and falls on the Klamath river. I am very well aware of what was being referenced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCfree View Post
    I have been a rec. gold prospector and dredger for over 25 years and have spent many summers and falls on the Klamath river. I am very well aware of what was being referenced.
    All my bad. No offense intended. Hope you've had better than my dad ever did chasing the yellow...

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    No problem, I should have included a huge smiley anyway. I had planned on retiring in Northern CA at one time, but those plans are not feasable now. Would sill love to visit from time to time, it is afte rall, one the prettiest places in the country.

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    Hanging in the redwoods

    I just got back from a trip up the coast. Had a great time. As far as the straps, we took 12' diy python style straps and a couple of 8' backups. One night we had to combine a 12' and the backup to go around a large (non-redwood) tree.

    The nighttime temps were in the 50's. We used a pad but did not need any other under insulation. Hammocks are diy bridge style.

    We did not even put up the tarps. Early September was totally dry. The only atmospheric moisture was on the coast at Point Reyes.

    The hosts at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park made us take our hammocks down. They quoted CCR 4306(a) in a "Camper Notification/Message". They wrote "Nothing tied or hung in any tree or bush." When we got back and looked up the regulation it basically said you cannot damage trees etc. in any way and gave attaching things to trees as an example.

    Admittedly, the campground was in better shape than others but the hosts seemed to have gone over the top in terms of zealousness. They did not care that we were using tree saver straps. The other thing that was kind of weird was that they took the stick that we found there and re-used to poke the fire. I have been camping for decades and never had anyone take my fire poking stick.

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