Pisanodc and I did a really fun weekend overnight trip up to West Fork of Oak Creek. This is a very popular and beautiful hike near Sedona, AZ. But after a couple of miles the crowd thins out and it turns into a very nice canyoneering adventure, with lots of creek walking and rock hopping. We both took our Warbonnet Travelers, and used IX underquilts from Mac. We found a nice campsite on one of the ledges above the canyon floor with trees to hang our hammocks from. We both went fairly ultralight. I had a ULA Conduit pack, and Ang had a Gossamer Gear Gorilla. We both had cuben tarps (mine was MLD, Ang's had a custom from Zpacks), but never we had to set them up. Nothing like a hang under the stars in a beautiful place.
Here are a couple of videos that I took and posted on Youtube:
This one was taken from our campsite
This one taken as we walked in the water through one of the narrow slots
A video taken as we hiked through another section of the canyon.
Some more pictures of this trip:
One of the endless gorgeous views as we hiked along
The canyon frequently got this narrow
A nice little grotto/campsite area we found along the canyon
As you get further up it becomes necessary to hike in the stream bed
View from below of the campsite we stayed at up on a ledge
Angelo kicking back in his Warbonnet Traveler DL 1.0 (note margaritas in platy bottle lower left)
The view I enjoyed from my Traveler SL 1.7. We both used the 4.7oz Snowpeak UL umbrella for shade.
Nothing like staring up through the trees to beautiful blue sky.
My SL 1.7 Traveler with IX UQ hung the wrong way. Kept me warm, but not toasty down to 50 degrees.
A little visitor on Angelo's hiking pole
Yet another breathtaking scene
A rare part of the hike that actually had a trail
Just another shot on the return trip
Much of the time we were doing rock hopping and boulder scrambling. This just happens to be directly below our campsite.