scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Hammocks
Dale Karweik (karweik.1@OSU.EDU
Mon Jul 03 2000 - 10:04:45 CDT
When the Ranger at Philmont told me I could not bring my hammock with on
the trek because BSA banned the use of hammocks I did some investiagtion.
Yes, I left the hammock in base camp and missed it the entire week,
especially when I saw other, inclding Rangers, using theirs.
Mesh hammocks are no longer sold because of a hanging of a 4 year old girl
who got caught in the mesh. All mesh hammocks must be equipped with
spreader bars to prevent this from happening.
Hammocks are not banned by BSA. There are Leave No Trace fanatics who say
that tiing a hammock arond a tree damages the bark and the water transport
layer just beneath it and caused stress on the tree which can eventually
kill it. This has not been shown to be true.
There is a non-mesh backpacking hammock that came out recently. It is
manufactered by Bryer of Maine and used like a caribean hammock. It is
wonderful enough that I have retired by old mesh one and now carry it. It
is lighter than the mesh one I used and even more comfortable.
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