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    Default Davenport Gap Shelter not hammock friendly

    My son and I were hiking north. With Cosby Knob closed, there were few options. We got to Davenport shelter and we saw no place for hammocks unless there was something near the privy. Needs some work also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayview View Post
    My son and I were hiking north. With Cosby Knob closed, there were few options. We got to Davenport shelter and we saw no place for hammocks unless there was something near the privy. Needs some work also.
    The shelter ... or the privy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bayview View Post
    My son and I were hiking north. With Cosby Knob closed, there were few options. We got to Davenport shelter and we saw no place for hammocks unless there was something near the privy. Needs some work also.
    I don't recall there being a privy. Is it new?

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    There is no privy there, just poop under every rock in the "Privy Area".
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    I understand, though I am not a hammock camper. I will say nothing good about Davenport Gap area. Car break-ins are common, as is partying at the shelter. I won't go into the details of who or what I am, but I can tell you, the National Park Service does NOT like hammocks. They are banned from many Park's nation-wide and a whole hosts of other public lands. Adding poles to accomodate hammocks is not an option on NPS lands. It literally took years and an act of Congress to have the firerings installed at the backcountry campsites/shelters. Hammockers are like mountain bikers and climbers, most get out of it within a few years and move own to 'other' means. I'm not trying to rain on your camp style/party, just letting you know the current position of the NPS and its massive archives/studies of Park users. They validate everything before a decision is ever taken. Hammocks are barely tolerated, barely.

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    One should not expect hammock provisions while thru hiking or hiking shelter-to-shelter in GSMNP. I would be prepared to go to ground as you are supposed to stay in the shelter unless you have reservations at a backcountry campsite or shelter is overflowing with thru hikers and those with reservations. I would bring a pad to sleep on in this section of the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by No Match View Post
    I understand, though I am not a hammock camper. I will say nothing good about Davenport Gap area. Car break-ins are common, as is partying at the shelter. I won't go into the details of who or what I am, but I can tell you, the National Park Service does NOT like hammocks. They are banned from many Park's nation-wide and a whole hosts of other public lands. Adding poles to accomodate hammocks is not an option on NPS lands. It literally took years and an act of Congress to have the firerings installed at the backcountry campsites/shelters. Hammockers are like mountain bikers and climbers, most get out of it within a few years and move own to 'other' means. I'm not trying to rain on your camp style/party, just letting you know the current position of the NPS and its massive archives/studies of Park users. They validate everything before a decision is ever taken. Hammocks are barely tolerated, barely.
    Here is a list that of hammock camping rules at National Parks.

    https://sierramadreresearch.com/blog...national-parks

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC13 View Post
    There is no privy there, just poop under every rock in the "Privy Area".
    Here's why a ground sh(i)t for your tent is a good idea......

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephanD View Post
    Here's why a ground sh(i)t for your tent is a good idea......
    Lol, definitely thinking polycro would be the way to go in this instance!
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