I got hooked recently as I researched vid's on Youtube and saw some of Jason Klass' work, then stumbled upon (woe is me!) this Shugemery character, and hence to the forum.
I live at the southern end of the Manzano mountains in New Mexico, and my 58-year-old declaration this year is walking the crest trail stem to stern (a bit over 30 miles) over the course of a few days. This led me immediately to wondering how to lighten the load.
That's why I'm here. Just on verge of figuring out a good starter hammock, especially one that lets me sleep flat. So would appreciate economic yet quality suggestions regarding that.
Also need a stove, quilt (guilt?), pack. Hell, need it all!
Nice to meet ya'll!
Welcome from Soonerland! You'll get many varied opinions on lightweight gear, but it's all great advice, just personal preference. I plan to hike the Gila Wilderness in the fall, and any suggestions would be appreciated. Welcome again!
Welcome to the forum Bubbyman. Check out Jeff's site "to the woods" , a great resource. Shug's ten part series for new folks,,,good
appreciative of the kind words and re-directs. the tothewoods.net page seems helpful, and, of course, continue to watch the shugemery series on youtube. just about to pull the trigger on my first purchases. thinking: a bushbuddy wood stove (cause we have lots of dry wood in these parts); and a black warbonnet somesuch hammock to start, then make some ourselves.
nice place. gut 2 b hier!
Whooooooo Buddy bubbyman Welcome to the joy!!!!!!
Shug says "Hey"....
Welcome to the fun...it is a great place to " hang out. "
Pulled the trigger, itchy fingered an' all, and bought that HH on sale at REI for 99 bucks, the Hennessy Hammock Expedition A-Sym, hunter green to be exact, as someone had mentioned on the forum.
Figure we'll buy one, then make one. Me handy wife will show me the ropes, that is.....:rolleyes:
And do appreciate your kind replies.
When you fist log onto this site. There should be a warning posted. "Caution all who enter here the information found with in this forum can and will be addicting." Once you enter you will not want to leave. I admit it I am addicted to hammock hanging! Welcome!
Howdy neighbor! Congrats on the HH. I'm also sporting a hennessy down in the land of manana. Good times. As for larger hikes in the area that are on the todo list, have you read about the Grand Enchantment Trail? A set of trails and minor cross country routes from Phoenix to Albuquerque. I can't say I ever really aspire to hike that all, but I would like to eventually hit all of the sections that are in New Mexico.
I made one attempt last year at the section between Monticello and Magdalena, but we had to bail out as a friend along for the ride got altitude sickness. C'est la vie. Still a good 7 day trip.... On day 4 we made our day 1 goal :thumbup:. I'll tell you one thing from that trip though: It was my hammock's maiden voyage and when they say around here that you need bottom insulation.... they ain't kiddin'. At the very least, you need a good pad, but I've never been happy with that. A bottom quilt is the way to go.
Moreover, Arrowhead Equipment is having a 20% off sale for this holiday weekend. You can snag a 3 season synthetic under quilt for about $100 I think. If you're a cold sleeper, for an extra $25 you can get the insultex upgrade just to make sure you stay warm, though during the summer down here... I doubt you'd need it.
At any rate, I'm mainly saying that even in May/June in New Mexico, the mountains can still get to the low 40's high 30's and ... making a pad out of a pack cover and pine needles may sound awesome (and it works OK), but really, get a quilt :lol:.