3 Day 2 Night Scout Camporee
This is starting as a pretrip report. I have camporee this weekend with the Boy Scouts. I will be the only one hanging from our troop, and possibly the whole group. About 90 to 100 boys are expected plus adults. Thankfully they are not all in my troop.;) I hope to show off some of my gear. I have 2 set ups I am going to test. The first is my ENO single and a Crazy Creek tarp that I recieved from the PIF. The second is a DIY Gathered End and a Kelty 9 tarp. The weather forecast is highs in the mid 50's lows in the mid 30's and rain sometime between Sat night and Sun. For insulation, I have an order for a 3 season incubator UQ, but I have not recieved it. Hammock Gear was experiencing some delivery delays for supplies and I ordered on short notice. So, my insulation will be a mummy bag that was converted into an UQ. The zipper removed and tie on points added. I am also bringing a poncho liner to use under that UQ if I feel the need. I am using a sleeping bag for top insulation, and again, if the need arises, I can get in the bag. We always have a camporee fire Sat night and will have my DIY Jerry chair to use. I have sat in it a few times in the yard, and this will be the first time on a campout. This will be my first real hang. I used my ENO at the BSA Jamboree in August, but that was before finding HF. I was not that comfortable, but better that on a cot. I have learned alot since coming in here and plan to use that knowledge. I have extra material that I am bringing, just in case. I have extra stretch cord, mason line, and cord locks. I have full confidence in my hammock and tarp. The insulation--not so much. I was hoping to have time today to set up and check things over, but moms van broke down and I had to go fix it. So now I'm just winging it. Will have an update when I get back, with pics, of course.:D:D
Back from a great weekend!!
First to address a few previous post. We ended up camping back in the woods a little and other scout troops could not see my hammock. We have another camporee in April where it will be more open and more visable. I did see the set-up at the Jamboree. Infact, research after I got back is what lead me here, Hammock Forums. A few of the boys in the troop did indeed say "Your sleeping in that?" We had rain this morning (Sunday) and I got a few- "Did you get wet?", the answer-NO!! It started about 4:30a.m. and did come down hard for a little bit. We arrived at camp about 7:00p.m. Fri. The first thing is selecting a site and getting the troop equipment set up. That includes two tarps and seven tents- all canvas. Here is 1 patrol set up.
Then I got to set up my gear. Here is my EnoSL, Crazy Creek tarp and DIY UQ. I had a poncho liner and pad, but didn't have to use either. For the most part I was warm. Every so often I would feel a cold spot, move over a little and was fine. Temps about 35 deg.
It started to rain just a little Sat morning and I switched to my other set-up, my DIY Gathered End and Noah's 9 and used the same insulation. I didn't want to take a chance with anything getting wet and I could see a few small pin holes in the crazy creek tarp.
A final review- the Eno was OK, but not as comfortable as my DIY. The UQ seemed to limit the amount of angle I could get and the flat lay. I was able to get a flatter lay in the back yard with no UQ. The same with the DIY GE, not the same lay as without the UQ. Can't wait for my Incubator to get here. ;) The DIY GE is longer and allows for a better, flatter lay, IMO. Both hammocks seemed to have stretched a little over night, and sagged a little lower to the ground. I think it may have just been everything just tightening up. I got up Fri night and tried to adjust a little, but wasn't having any luck, so since I wasn't on the ground I went back to sleep. No more stretch. The DIY GE I hung a little high, thinking that it would also have a little "stretch". And it did. When the rain started about 4:30a.m. I had just climbed back in after a call of nature, talk about timing. I listened to the rain for alittle and was soon fast asleep. I had tied a drip line to my amsteel, and checked it when I took the hammock down, they were dry, so no rain down the suspension lines. It was a great weekend, the boys all had a great time (that was the most important part) and everyone was dry. And every good campout has a fire so........