Well, we had 14 hangers and one ground sleeper make the Mass Hanging! A great turnout, considering the weather was supposed to turn to rain this weekend. Other than a few light fits and starts, though, it held off until just after we all left!
The Group Site was perfect for a large hang! Lots of nicely spaced, sturdy trees in an 'old growth' section of the forest. No one had any trouble finding a nice hang spot.
Here are a couple of shots of just a section of the group, which I took shortly before my cell phone croaked searching for service.
Chocolatier and I got there early, and spent a little Recon time near the park. One cool thing was while we were waiting, the female park ranger came over and chatted, and pulled-out her digital camera with a cool pic she managed to get of a Kangaroo mouse!
Here are a couple of shots prior to the hang, near the park.
The Cold River.jpg The Cold River
Chocolatier in the riverbed.jpg Chocolatier in the riverbed in a poncho.
Other stories and pics will undoubtedly be forthcoming.
We 'formalized' the NEHHA Group (NorthEast Hammock Hangars Association), and elected genegene as the first official President, as he did such a good job getting this hang launched and booked. It also does not hurt to have A Department of Conservation and Recreation employee as the Prez....
There will be many stories flowing in about the hang. Those about me, or my gear are not true, whatever they are! Actually, it was nice to run into a few real 'gearheads' at the hang! I learned a lot!
The SPAM Cook-off was spectacular, with some pretty creative recipes being cooked! The Jersey Bears won - 'cause their food was great, and noone could read the languages on the cans and boxes they used. I will have to mail them their first place prize! Old Soldier made some nice SPAM Burritos that rocked, and I cooked-up a melange of Veggies, potatoes, SPAM and Pineapple chunks. There were some..ummm...unusual beverages there, as well to try (Habanero and Garlic infused Vodka rings a bell), and some nice desserts, as well. Lots of different stove types were present, and it was fun checking them all out!
That's about it for now, more will follow. We had an absolute ball! We are currently pre-planning the next hang - scouting for locations in different parts of the state(s).
Oh, yeah .... one cool thing was Old Soldier and RilMoigan Playing the bagpipes to start and end the hang! VERY cool! Could become a NEHHA tradition, methinks!
All secure in sector 7. This was way fun!