Finally..... the rain & snow stopped, and the sun started to shine. So we hit the river for the first weekend float of the year. This was not only the first float of the year, but my first time into the great outdoors since having a total knee replacement 8 months ago. Rehab has been painful, tedious, and frustrating. I was nervous about being on my raft again with the new (and still weak) knee. Fortunately all went well. The weather was spectacular, and we had a great time. I finally got the chance to "test drive" some new gear I purchased over the winter & spring (retail therapy).
We spent two nights & three days on the Southfork Snake River, below Palisades Reservoir, east of Idaho Falls. The water was very high (almost flood stage), and fast, which wasn't a problem for us, but has made fishing on this blue ribbon fly fishing stretch a problem. Not good for the outfitters. Oh well, it just meant we had the river all to ourselves. The first night saw temps around 30 degrees, so it was a good test drive for my Hammock Gear 3 Season Incubator & Burrow. No problem. Toasty warm, with no cold butt syndrome. Second night was a little warmer. Snug as a bug. Comfy cozy all night long. I didn't want to come out of my "pea pod" in the morning. We also tested out my new 12 X 15 OES tarp over the kitchen area. Worked great. My river buddy was impressed with the workmanship & light weight.
My set-up ......
Trek Light double hammock
Hammock Gear 3 Season Incubator & Burrow
Sleeping clothing - light weight poly-pro top & bottoms, Smartwool socks, Black Rock hat.
MacCat Deluxe tarp
Breathable UQ protector from 2QZQ - took along but didn't use
I had some moisture on the underside of my tarp each morning, and frost on the outside the first morning. No dripping inside the tarp though, and all quilts were dry. The ground was very damp. I brought the UQ protector, but didn't need it, as my UQ stayed perfectly dry. Other than shortening the end shockcords of the Incubator by making a loop in them, and snugging up the end channels, I didn't need to do anything else to get a good fit on the Incubator. It stayed in place all night, even with some moving around in the hammock. I was very comfy both nights, and slept very well with minimal tossing & turning. No sore hips, back, or shoulders in the morning.
It was a great weekend, and a much needed "wilderness therapy" session for my soul.