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    Default Tent or Hammock?

    I'm planning on a NOBO E2E in late July. I have both a REI Quater Dome T2 tent and a Clark Jungle Hammock North American model. I'm basicly wondering if the LT is a hammock friendly trail? I think I will have more options in my hammock than my tent. People who have used hammocks on the LT let me know your experances.

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    I intend on doing NoBo E2E of the VT Long Trail late july in my Hammock.
    up over the hills, theres nothing to fear
    theres a pub across the way with whisky and beer
    its a lengthy journey on the way up to the top
    but it ain't so bad if you have a great big bottle o'scotch

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    I section hiked the Long Trail in the 1990s. With the exception of Mt. Mansfield, I can't think of any place that you couldn't hang a hammock. I tented or used shelters back then. I hammock now, and am contemplating an E2E this September (SOBO).
    As I live, declares the Lord God, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn back from his way and live. Ezekiel 33:11

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    TENT, but i just use a tarp. Ok just kidding all you hammock campers, i used to be one too, till it screwed up my back. it works for some but not for all. The weight difference (unless you use a cuben tarp or SUL gear) is virtually none (this is assuming you are using a warbonet hammock, IMO they're the best). it completely comes down to you're preference or the environment you're going to be in.

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    http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/...imageuser=2502

    Hammock - 10.5 oz.
    Straps or rope 8.0 oz.
    Carabiners - 2 oz. (total)
    Poncho - 12 oz. (with cordage)
    HUGE tarp - 24 oz. (with cordage)
    Mac Cat Spinnaker tarp 9.5 oz (with cordage)
    Stakes - 4 oz. (but no one includes them in their weight)
    Total - Min. 30 oz. (includes imaginary sleeping pad - none needed)
    Max. 44.5 oz.
    (Add bug net if you need to - 7.5 (Warbonnet) - 16 (ENO)
    Really, it's about the same as using a single walled tent, light pad, and groundsheet, but SO much more comfortable!
    As I live, declares the Lord God, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn back from his way and live. Ezekiel 33:11

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    Tinker... +2oz for awesome sunglasses.

    up over the hills, theres nothing to fear
    theres a pub across the way with whisky and beer
    its a lengthy journey on the way up to the top
    but it ain't so bad if you have a great big bottle o'scotch

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    If you plan to stop anywhere except shelter areas you are going to find it difficult to find a spot to pitch a tent. I've used a hammock extensively on the LT and love the freedom to stop anytime, even if just for a rest/nap.

    About half way between Laura Woodward and Shooting Star I stopped early and got the hammock/tarp up seconds before the squall line hit.



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    Im planning on tenting and using the shelters for my nobo this summer.


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    The Long Trail is a great trail for hammockers. I know the whole trail from MA. to Rte. 4 and there isn't a spot that you can't hang. I imagine the northern section is the same with the exception of Mansfield.

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    I guess I will be taking my hammock. I was leaning that way anyways. Glad to hear LT is a hammock friendly. I'm leaving late july and taking my time. So the idea to hang it any where is more appealing then looking for a flat spot to pitch a tent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butts0989 View Post
    TENT, but i just use a tarp. Ok just kidding all you hammock campers, i used to be one too, till it screwed up my back. it works for some but not for all. The weight difference (unless you use a cuben tarp or SUL gear) is virtually none (this is assuming you are using a warbonet hammock, IMO they're the best). it completely comes down to you're preference or the environment you're going to be in.
    or........

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