Hey Hammock Engineer
be glad you didn't start your thru-hike early. Lots of people have gotten off the trail due to the cold. I was reading this one and thought of you. I am sure you can handle the temps but it gives you an idea of what is happening weather wise.
I know his Trailjournal gear list is probably not complete but it seems to me that he may be a little ill-prepared. It says nothing about the rating on the bag he is using and he is only using a CCF pad. I see nothing about any insulation on the HH he is using (I know he was in a shelter in the entry you linked to). I don't think a CCF pad alone is going to keep anyone warm in the temps we have been seeing.
I would be interested in seeing his complete setup, including the clothing that he was wearing.
oh yeah he said he wasn't totally prepared for the cold. I bet this guy never tested his setup in the cold.
That is why I said HE could handle the weather, he has tested and made modifications to his gear to handle it.
Another good read is Tom Browns journal. It isn't hammock related http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=166054
Thanks for the link.
I have been wondering how many people actually test their gear and really know how to use it before they start. I think with my April 1st start, I should see a out of people to test that theory.
I am glad I am holding off a little bit. April should be better weather, if not I'll figure something out. As long as it doesn't get -20 or more I'll be cool.
On a side note, doesn't it seem kind of strange that he made it to the springer mountain shelter, then to the forest service road and still managed to do 16 miles. With the approach trail I would think it would be closer to 10.
Yep - colder than usual temps we've been seeing. Coupled with insufficient gear it could have been a miserable or dangerous night. Good thing he got cell reception!
But it sounds like a learning experience. When he hits it again in a few weeks, maybe he'll have warmer gear, tested it for contingencies, etc. Or maybe he had plenty of gear but didn't post it all, and he just doesn't like sleeping out in 7F weather. Normal people don't!
But Nate can do it!
Yeah, if it was in the cards I would be hiking right now.
April 1st will be here before I know it. I'll post a trail journal link when I start one. I am waiting until I get ready to leave to start it. My first entry will be my travel day, or day before. Although I am planning 4 days in Hotlanta with a friend before I leave. I wonder if they count as zero days if I haved started my hike yet?
HE, I think you have to have 3 or 4 post before it will even show up on TJ.
I am getting excited about my section hike of Ga. I can't even imagine how excited you are.
I'm supper excited. Funny thing is, I'm in the early planning stages of something for next summer. That is taking some of the day dreaming time away.
Been anything but Hotlanta lately.:D
Originally Posted by hammock engineer
That's just because I haven't been there.;)