- Mar 10, 2015 at 7:42 am #1326652
Art …BPL Member
Hello Hammock Users …
I am not one of you, but lets not hold that against each other.
I have it in my head that hammocks are mostly used in the Eastern USA,
but don't really know if this assumption is wrong or right.
If you are a hammock user could you tell us generally where you do your hammock back packing.
thanks.Mar 10, 2015 at 7:51 am #2181357
Eric LundquistBPL Member
@cobbermanLocale: Northern Colorado
If there are trees, we are there. I know members who hammock in Oregon, California, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado…Mar 10, 2015 at 7:58 am #2181358
@peter_panLocale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
I'm from the east coast…. BUT… I have hung, camped in hammocks, in SD, WY, MT, OR, ID, AZ, CA, UT, NM, TX, CO plus eastern hangs in FL,GS,NC,SC,VA,MD,PA,NJ,NY,ME,WV,KY,TN.
PanMar 10, 2015 at 8:03 am #2181361
todd harperBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
I'm an East coast guy too.
I hammock part time.
There is actually a google maps thingy on hammockforums.net that shows some of the global dispersion.
Edit: and for the record, I think you are right – there appears to be more eastern and midwestern hangers.Mar 10, 2015 at 9:52 am #2181383
Michael GunderloyBPL Member
IN, IL, KY…but it's only that limited because I haven't been anywhere else since I started hammocking.Mar 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm #2181442
Katherine .BPL Member
OregonMar 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm #2181452
All around CA. Even the desert. OR,WA. You need longer straps out hereMar 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm #2181454
Shawn PeytonBPL Member
@alifeoutdoorsLocale: Iron River, WI
Northern Wisconsin, northern Minnesota, Michigan UPMar 10, 2015 at 4:43 pm #2181487
Geoffrey LehmannBPL Member
@yipperLocale: deep south
louisiana and arkansasMar 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm #2181492
California, coastal, Trinity Alps, lower Sierra.Mar 11, 2015 at 1:31 pm #2181746
Oregon and N. Calif.
Coastal trips usually require going to the ground, but other than that, I'm hanging!Mar 13, 2015 at 5:08 am #2182211
James VolkBPL Member
@h2oboy007Locale: Pacific Northwest
Washington StateMar 13, 2015 at 6:11 am #2182213
"there appears to be more eastern and midwestern hangers."
Greater population density.
Half of the US is within a days drive to the AT. Look at the HF member map and you will see the greatest concentration of users along its route.Mar 13, 2015 at 7:20 am #2182219
Lori PBPL Member
@lori999Locale: Central Valley
Anywhere I go in California. Taking a pad instead of an underquilt can be helpful when hiking with people who firmly believe tents are better despite listening to me snore all night, night after night, and watching me stay dry in hours of precipitation.
Long straps and paying attention to regulations necessary – some of the Sequoia/Redwood parks ban putting anything on trees. Which is funny because you would need a mile of strap to even make a redwood work… I look for trees with more durable bark anyway.Mar 14, 2015 at 12:34 pm #2182609
Nate LeeBPL Member
New England.Mar 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm #2182625
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
I'm in WA.
Keep in mind that here are just more people in the eastern US. Check out the population density stats at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_population_density.
My impression is that the SE US is a major hammock user region. It also seems there are more hammock users interested in camping vs backpacking and the regions with hot/humid weather make hammocks popular. No science in any of that.
You might consider that hammock users are not as interested in UL backpacking.
Hammockforums.net might help too.Mar 14, 2015 at 5:41 pm #2182718
Mark V.BPL Member
@room210Locale: Northern California
All over Northern California in the past. But now that I am going lighter, (much lighter), I find I only use it on winter snow trips when I can use a pulk. (For those that are wondering, my Clark NX-200 tips the scale at 6 lbs. with straps, z-liner, tarp, etc.)Mar 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm #2182916
Kurt SuttellBPL Member
Virginia USA!Mar 22, 2015 at 4:20 pm #2185018
Clifford RittBPL Member
AZ, MN, WI, FL, GA, NC, VA, PA, NY, ME and Ontario so far.Apr 4, 2015 at 6:09 am #2188950
Phillip AsbyBPL Member
@pgasbyLocale: North Carolina
I backpack in the southeast us so use a hammock here as well! Depends on the trip but I go to ground periodically as well … I like a hammock but am still a newbie and figuring it out.
And to dales point most hammock setups are heavier than a light ground setup … But even on the ground I've not managed to go UL foregoing a tent of some sort.Apr 4, 2015 at 9:53 am #2189004
Ryan TuckerBPL Member
I bought a hammock, it shipped from WBBB yesterday. I plan to do some shorter hikes solo this summer for brookies. I figure the hammock will be a bit more comfortable, I will have a chair for raining lunches, the extra weight won't be a great issue because I'll only be 6-10 miles up the trail. I looked at using a bivy or a small inner net with my families SL3. I wasn't excited about the bivy situation and figured if I was going to go over 2 lbs a hammock might be ok. We'll see. I am in the Southeast, but I hiked and backpacked a bunch in Montana and I imagine a hammock would have been fine most of the time.
I also looked at the Tarptent Contrail but a SL3 and MLD bug bivy aren't much heavier and probably wouldn't have near the condensation issues in NC and SC.
If the hammock isn't for me, typically a side sleeper I might go with the bivy and SL3. I do love my SL3. It is perfect for my wife, daughter and me.May 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm #2199052
Joe LBPL Member
@heyyouLocale: Cutting brush off of the Arizona Tr
I have a couple of hundred nights hanging in Arizona, but my hikes tend to be in the trees of the high country above the deserts. I'm there to remove the trees that fall on those trails.May 13, 2015 at 2:25 am #2199083
Richard RenoBPL Member
@scubahhhLocale: White Mountains, mostly.
NH/VTMay 13, 2015 at 12:49 pm #2199211
John MyersBPL Member
@dallasLocale: North Texas
Texas, New Mexico and Colorado so far, but would hang anywhere there are trees.May 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm #2199772
@jostanLocale: east coast
North Carolina to Maine
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