I agree - SOBO
if you are in low elevations, sub 3000' and NOT a riparian area, prolly slim pickin's on trees. the kind of trees YOU are prolly used to, that is.
if you are in low elevations and you ARE near a stream/creek, there are usually tons of cottonwood, boxelder, willow, sycamore. careful of the latter, they make widows.
usually, from 3,500 and up to 11K you'll get into the smaller juniper/pines at first, then the big ones and aspen, too. fir and spruce are a PITA to hang from, as the branches go all the way down to the floor.
as you know, non-hangers are not really trained to look for hanging spots. Kyle nailed it.. the trained eye can make a tenter say "WTF?"
I've had some funny hangs. once off an old cowboy fence and a trailhead sign (the bigass metal kind), others hitched around a boulder to a treelimb wedged into some rocks. last night I slept in my blackbird along the salt river, between two gnarly and twisted mesquite trees.
if for various reasons there are not spots to hang, you know the drill - hammock becomes bivy. although that seems a pain to bring a pad AND a underquilt.
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