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Take a Hike: Come Find Me Nets

Nets that were once used to catch thousands of pounds of salmon are now a secret hangout spot in Ashland.

Posted: Aug 8, 2018 7:21 PM

ASHLAND—Up in the hills of Ashland is a secret spot with a net.

Think of it like a big, sturdy hammock where people go to relax and hang with friends.

In this week’s Take a Hike segment, NewsWatch 12’s Jake Garcia leads us on a scavenger hunt to find it.

As with many of NewsWatch 12’s Take a Hike’s, such as Pilot Rock and Wagner Butte, it’s important to take safety precautions and be mindful of your surroundings on this particular excursion.

"There's all these different ways people sort of enjoy the net whether it be the hunt for it, trying to find it, the satisfaction from actually finding it, or it's just a little place that they can go away to and read a book or hang out with their friends," said Max Reifenstuhl, the owner of the net.

It’s a scavenger hunt that wasn’t intended to be at the start.

But Reifenstuhl's commercial grade seine net was such a hit initially, he decided to obscure the location to make sure his safety precautions could keep up with the traffic.

He now gives people hints on his Instagram page, Come Find Me Nets.

"It still feels like a secret place to the people that go and I think it feels like their own little special spot," he said.

It’s important to note that this net isn’t a random contraption left unattended in the forest.

It’s designed to catch tens of thousands of pounds of Alaskan salmon, and Reifenstuhl checks up on it frequently to make sure it continues to meet his safety expectations.

His vision is to monetize the art of hanging out in a net—he hopes to soon sell nets for people to set up and take down themselves.

He says his goal has always been to bring people together in a way that a single fabric hammock cannot.

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