Weekend in Smokies and during first snow of the season
We were going to backpack in and hammock hang and the wife dropped a case of products on her foot so we car camped in the Smokies last week, Thurs thru Sunday at 5300 ft. We had a great hang and got to test all kinds of new gear out. I found a site with 3 trees in a tight triangle so we hung as close as together with both the OES and new Wilderness Logics Oldman Winter tarp hung together. Thurs nite the weather was chilly down to 38 degees with the wind blowing constantly about 5-10mph and we slept great with her in her SB Pro and pink Jarbridge on it and so she used my 40 degree Golite quilt and I used a 30 degree down BA Bag that really worked great as a overquilt. I used a AHE NR UQ and it was toasty all nite long as I slept great in my Warbonnet Traveler hammock.
Friday the weather all day was sunny but still about 55 degrees during the day,,late that evening it clouded over and got windy,,all nite long the wind gusted to more than 40mph,,they had wind advisories out for that nite as well,,and for the first time this season,,it spitted snow off and on all nite long,,wife still was toasty warm as she is hot natured as heck,,and I was nice and comfy as well,, The Underquilts we used from Arrowhead worked awesome as I know the wind chill was way down there.
Sat..during the day it was sunny again,,and the few that were at the campground were really talking it up about how windy it was friday nite and the first snow..but we knew,,as it was only about 50 during the day,,this nite was going to be colder..and it was,,Sat nite the wind blew off and on up to about 15mph,,and it spitted snow again,,and it got all the way down to an even 30 on my temp gauge. This time,,the wife was using the 30 degree bag I had been using and I dropped down to a down 15 degree BA bag and we both with the Jarbridge and New River UQ's were toasty all nite long again.
The Wilderness Logics Tarp and the OES Tarp never threw a stake in all the wind. We never once felt any cold spots using the new UnderQuilts from Arrowhead as the wind chill had to be in the 20's Fri and Sat. nites..and the next equipment we will be buying will be new Top Quilts in down for the future but so far,,all the equipment our suppliers on the Forum is great and works to perfection. We can't wait to hang again as we both slept like babys down to 30 and were very happy waking with a dash of snow and thin ice on top of everything Sunday morning and still super warm in all the wind on top of the mountain we camped on. Below is a few pics of the hang. :D