First hang this year
I went hanging on the Chatooga river this weekend. I did this same hike last fall and liked it so much, decided to do it again. This time we went in to the river and camped there for two days. Hanging out by the river, napping in the HH, and eating was the business of the day. For those familiar with the area around Burrell's Ford, we had a beautful campsite right where Bad Creek flows into the Chatooga.
I had a chance to try out some of the winter mods.
First, I got to really enjoy my zipper mod. Thank you Zipper Queen for doing such a good job and installing that handy little hanger on the ridgeline.
I also used my Mac Cat Ultra that I bought from Animal Control. Unfortunately, we had beautiful weather so I couldn't test it in a thunderstorm, but I really like the tarp. Also, the lines are orange in daylight, but hit them with a light at night and they light up like a Christmas tree. Really cool!
Next was the strap/ring mods.
I bought two 13ft. straps and the wife sewed loops in the ends. This extra length gave me so many more options for trees to choose from. One thing I confirmed... they will slip if you don't use a stopper knot.
We had several visitors to the camp that wanted to see the hammocks. I have the HH Exped Asym and my friend has a Claytor. Guys would stop at the trail and point until we invited them in.
It was a great weekend!
sounds like a fantastic time. Were there any bugs/spiders/skeeters ?? So, people were asking questions about your hammocks, bet that was fun!!
As long as the breeze kept up the mosquitoes weren't to be found. They were pretty pesky when it died down. Only got one bite. Saw one tiny blacksnake on the trail. Thought it was a shoestring at first.
Here are a few pics of my setup. That's a MacCat Ultra tarp.
Notice the orange tie outs.
Here is what they look like at night.
Here is my suspension setup.
Two 13 foot polyester straps 1.5" wide with descending rings. I tied a Hennessey knot on the rings.
I had an earlier post about a breakfast casserole. It was so good last year, I made it again. This time, the eggs didn't turn out so well. Pretty rubbery. Next time, I think I'll leave off the eggs, add more sausage and more cheese. The shredded potatoes dehydrated into little hard sticks that would chip a tooth. They rehydrated right back to normal.
Thanks for the report. Sounds like a great time! Ohhhhh, I need to get out but lots lots of family responsibilities right now. So I really appreciate everyone else's updates.
Nice report to have my mornin' coffee with.....
Gonna go and make an egg casserole! M-m-m-m-m-