Craig, there is truth to this, but also fallacies.. not every beach is devoid of trees. Many beaches are packed with trees. in the Desert, where I live, (lower Sonoran) hanging can be a difficult task to those who are not trained to look for and find trees. I have had some pretty wild hangs! But there ARE trees.
we hangers make the best of it here in the desert, by using rocks, shelfs, vehicles, other areas. See Tim's plagiarized picture. HAHA Tim! ( a friendly poke in the ol' ribs )
I have been thinking on this matter for the better part of 3 days. I have one conclusion: the amount of areas that hammocks cannot be deployed is a direct and equal inverse of area that tents cannot be pitched. This may be, in my mind, the reason why hangers in the South converted from tents to begin with.
Speaking in defense of the original posted article, they did use beds, yes. But, had they compared a rocking bed to a ground pad, I doubt anyone would have had any dispute that ground pads of any variety, thickness, weight or cost can compare with a quality mattress or a hammock. and fwiw, most if not all ground pads force your body to comform to the flat shape of the ground below you, to varying degree. I have used Neoair, ccf, big agnes iac, prolite, etc.
Hanging is what kept me from back pain, insomnia, and overall is the main cause of my continuation of backpacking. Im not alone in this assertion. Far from alone.
thanks for listening!
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