Teen died when tree fell on hammock

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  1. awanatech

    awanatech Well-Known Member

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    I don't know how many others here are campers, and of those, how many camp in a hammock in lieu of a tent. I've hammock camped for a few years now, several times a year with Boy Scouts.

    This is a very sad story from here in Atlanta. A group was celebrating a birthday and camping at Red Top Mountain State Park just north of Atlanta this weekend. On Friday night, 5/19/17, the 15 (or 16) year old girl was sleeping in her hammock around 11:30pm when one of the trees that she was hanging from snapped & fell onto her. She passed away on Sunday 5/21/17 from her injuries. I don't know more details, but I would assume that she was hanging from a dead tree. I don't know if it snapped vertically from the trunk or a higher limb fell. Hammocks can exert a tremendous load on the tree or post that you are hanging from.

    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/cobb...dent/524985350

    http://www.ajc.com/news/local/high-s...QR6srTmteGG3H/

    Be safe while hanging/ camping out there!!
     
  2. EJR914

    EJR914 Cheezburger Operator

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    Yep, she "broke" rule number one of hammock camping.
     

  3. phaed

    phaed Active Member

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    treat every tree as if it's loaded?
     
  4. EJR914

    EJR914 Cheezburger Operator

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    There is more truth in that statement than you know
     
  5. Wheedle

    Wheedle Active Member

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    I camp almost exclusively in a hammock now. I sleep much better, and feel much better in the morning. Side benefit - less 'did anyone hear a bear last night' in the mornings... no snoring. Being that I am NOT a light guy at all, I always use tree straps, and always look for good healthy trees at least 16 in diameter.