One professional article form REI web:http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/arti...king-tent.html Wish this helps. And if you would like an inexpensive one , I recommend geartrade.com for an used one.
Going back to the hammock issue, some campgrounds and forests won't allow the use of anything that attaches to a tree.
I'm not trying to pick a fight with you. I just don't like seeing these myths propagate over and over and this is a subject that has been hammered out repeatedly over on hammockforums.net
Here is an example. If you look under the rules and regulations paragraph under the weapons section...
"Ropes, clotheslines, tentlines, hammocks and nails are not to be attached to trees or other vegetation."
Parks Like Pocomoke State Park in MD won't allow attaching to trees but provide hammocks stands. I imagine other parks may do the same.
Not on the AT! Wow! If they told all the AT through hikers that they couldn't use hammocks, there would be a riot.
2012 - Nights spent in the back country: 12
So we're back to my original proposition which is that hammocks are not banned in campgrounds. I should have clarified that and said that they are not banned in parks other than a few concrete parking lot RV parks where you'd never want to hammock camp anyway.
Sorry if this comes off as argumentative but it is very important that this particular myth be nipped in the bud. Hammocks hung with straps do not harm trees. They are less harmful than the soil compaction caused by tents and the use of hammocks should be encouraged not banned.
Have you thought about a single person tent or even a bivy sac? I've always thought I would enjoy a solo tent. However some of the guys I know prefer to sleep under a tarp. I have a couple of tarps but have not tried them in that way yet. A tarp (a good one that is) would definitely be the lightest and easieast to pack...
Hammocks are banned here out west in our campgrounds. Only some private campgrounds and some on Indian Reservations will permit you to attach ANYTHING to a bush or tree. Those days are long gond out here in the Southwest! The rangers will detach your gear, leave a warning, and toss you out if you don't follow along. You'll need to pack your own frame to use a hammock. As a result of these rules, we've bought Coleman telescoping lantern hangers and fiberglas flagpoles utilizing umbrella stands that screw into the ground.
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