Here are some pics from my Boundary Waters trip. We were there 9/9-9/17. Stayed in 3rd bay of Lake Saganaga if anybody knows where that is. We had 8 people, 6 of which stayed in tents, two of us in Claytor Jungles. The other hammocker got cold on the 3rd night and went to the tents after that for some reason. 3rd night was the coldest but I used a silver cooler material underpad (similar to the car windshield material) that I made and a blue ground pad, 30 degree bag and I was nice and warm. Slept in long johns and socks every night (I hate sleeping in clothes) although I did pack extra clothes around my head and feet.
Coldest it got was 35 degrees, warmest was 60 during the day. Average at night was 40-45 with moderate wind. We had nights of driving rain, high wind and other than having to add more rocks to my tie out lines on my tarp I was good to go. Even though I made the mistake of putting my hammock up so the prevailing wind could get under my tarp...
I used a DIY gear hammock to keep my things off the ground and it also helped block the wind under my hammock. My impression after 7 nights straight was I LOVED IT!!! We don't rough it in the conventional sense that alot of you hikers do. We take cots and mats to sleep on and stay in the same site all week. However I have never slept better than I did in my hammock. We normally paddle at least 10 miles a day and portage 2-4 times a day and by the end of the day my back was killing me. After 7 hours of hammock love I was ready to go again. Only drawback was I missed fishing at first light every day. I was always the last one up and missed breakfast and coffee twice! After much thought my favorite part of hammocking is not having to get out of bed to pee!! Sorry if that's gross to some but it's true and awesome especially when it's 35 degrees out and raining hard :lol:
Here I am ready for bed. The net came in handy since for the first time in 5 years we had bugs during September.
The view on the last morning in camp.