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Of course, park rules require you to use established camp sites... but a hammock leaves no trace. You could sleep in a hammock and set up a decoy tent.
My reason for preferring a tent over a hammock is that I am looking for one item to do it all....I hike a lot of areas that don't have trees, ie desert, or gravel/sandbars.Between a tarp and a tent, I feel more of a sense of security in a tent. I have a tarp, but usually use it as an extra for shade, rain, when I want to be out of the tent. I am currently looking at a tent that weighs 2.2lbs. (Big Agnes FlyCreek 2) a free-standing, double-walled tent...I also like free standing for the same reasons as above. While I know plenty of folks that use a tarp to get their weight down, I just am not sure I like the idea of bugs and animals having direct contact with me...I have had raccoons get so close to my tent at night I've had to repeatedly bang on the tent wall to scare them away. Well, this has only happened on the Buffalo once, but I was glad to have something between he and I. Also once, on a Current River trip I awoke (I'm a VERY light sleeper) to the sound of breathing outside my tent, and while we laughed about the next morning, we then discovered bobcat prints at the waters edge and around tents. Am I overreacting? Am I really any safer in a tent? I'm new to backpacking and have many questions; ie, pick the brains of the professionals, to keep from wasting $$. I just read Jeff Blaylock's gear report for Yosemite, and wow what great info!!!(Haven't yet tackled the TR) I've gone back into this section and read lots.I welcome your comments,thanks,leigh
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