Lazy Hang in Kanangra-Boyd National Park
Over the weekend, yours truly and Mrs M made the 3 hour, 200km car journey out of Sydney to the wilds of the Kanangra-Boyd National Park for an overnight hang at the Boyd River Camping Area. All the photos were taken on Sunday morning after I took a little "breakfast from the hammock", and Mrs M took her Sunday morning lie-in.
... apparently the hammock symbol has fallen off the sign :)
I called this trip a "lazy hang", since the only hiking planned was an estimated 20 meters from the car to the hammocks :rolleyes:, although we did take a drive down to the end of the road and wandered along the track for a couple of hundred meters to look out over the Kanangra Walls and Gorge. After admiring the scenery, it was back up the road to the campsite to get the WBBBs and the Edge tarps set up for the night, before getting the campfire started and the dinner warmed.
It's now well into autumn south of the equator, and temperatures are starting to fall here in NSW. The campsite is at about 1150m above sea level, so overnight temps up there are getting close to freezing. We were greeted in the morning by a light frost on the grasses in the open area near the campsite, and some ice forming on the tarps.
Although I had both a closed-cell foam mat and a Thermarest under me, I could feel the cold during the night on my back and under my butt. I was covered on top with both my summer weight down sleeping bag and my winter weight bag, so I was warm enough on top. The main take-home from the trip was that our mats aren't going to cut-it for the winter even in this climate, and I pressed "go" on ordering a couple of 3-season WB Yeti UQs soon after getting home. The good news for us is that it doesn't really get a whole bunch colder than than a few degrees C below zero in these parts, even in the middle of winter, so I don't think we need to get too serious with full-length underquilts and the like.
Even better news, we didn't get eaten by wild dogs or attacked by drop bears :D:D:D.