Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: newbie-old guy

  1. #1

    newbie-old guy

    Hi: So I have kids and they saw all my old hiking stuff, from MANY moons ago, and want to go hiking. Well, I am getting a little old, but not too crusty yet, so I plan to oblige them. The problem is that I don't want to carry a heavy pack, so I was looking around on youtube, for light weight camping solutions. This fellow shugemergy's vids came up. He is a very talented and nice guy, and apparently way into light weight backpacking. He makes GREAT videos. He got me very excited about using a hammock and tarp instead of a tent. (The kids can stay in the tent and carry it, ha ha ha). Yesterday I ordered my first....a warbonnet blackbird (for fat guys) and a superfly tarp. I cant wait.

    I really like this forum, everyone's spirit and willingness to help. My first trip with this rig will be the greyfox bluegrass festival in Oak Hill NY. If you are going, let me know, I'll buy you a beer at my camp site.

    See ya!

  2. #2
    raiffnuke's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pittsfield, MA
    Hammock
    WBBB,WBRR,DIY,WBBB Clone,ENO,GTUL
    Tarp
    HG WP,WB Superfly
    Insulation
    Hammock Gear
    Suspension
    Whoopies&DutchGear
    Posts
    3,743
    Images
    44
    Welcome to the trees and HF from Mass. You will not regret it!

  3. #3
    Fronkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Grass Valley, Ca
    Hammock
    DIY The Crippler
    Tarp
    Cuben Refugee
    Insulation
    The Ex-gf
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    4,845
    Quote Originally Posted by johniac7078 View Post
    Hi: So I have kids and they saw all my old hiking stuff, from MANY moons ago, and want to go hiking. Well, I am getting a little old, but not too crusty yet, so I plan to oblige them. The problem is that I don't want to carry a heavy pack, so I was looking around on youtube, for light weight camping solutions. This fellow shugemergy's vids came up. He is a very talented and nice guy, and apparently way into light weight backpacking. He makes GREAT videos. He got me very excited about using a hammock and tarp instead of a tent. (The kids can stay in the tent and carry it, ha ha ha). Yesterday I ordered my first....a warbonnet blackbird (for fat guys) and a superfly tarp. I cant wait.

    I really like this forum, everyone's spirit and willingness to help. My first trip with this rig will be the greyfox bluegrass festival in Oak Hill NY. If you are going, let me know, I'll buy you a beer at my camp site.

    See ya!
    You got yourself a great set up. Welcome to HF and looking forward to your trip report.

    Fronkey

  4. #4
    Senior Member Simon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Reading, U.K.
    Hammock
    HH Expedition + ukhammocks Woodsman
    Tarp
    HH Hex Tarp
    Insulation
    CCF Mat
    Suspension
    HH Exp. stock
    Posts
    111
    That Shug has got a lot to answer for.

  5. #5
    flatline's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    high point, nc
    Hammock
    Wilderness Logics Night/Lite Owls
    Tarp
    WL-TP/OMW/BF
    Insulation
    WL-TQ/UQ x3
    Suspension
    Dutch-n-Whopies
    Posts
    2,123
    Images
    47
    welcome to Hammock Forums and hey from high point nc.
    there is a ton of stuff here to read, learn and ask about.
    if it's hammock related it's here or still waiting to be invented.
    hang on and have fun.
    you have a lot in common with many of us.

    home is where your hammock is.

    CLICK HERE to add your name to the world wide H F member location list. And Thank You!


    _________f___l___a___t___l___i___n___e_________

    " just jump in where you can and hang on!" - briscoe darling

    ___WildernessLogics ROCKS !____

  6. #6
    Senior Member dragon360's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Hammock
    WBBB/TR, DIY, HH, SB DL, GT UL
    Tarp
    ID/OES/WB/WL
    Insulation
    HG/WB/Go-Lite/WB
    Suspension
    Whoopie/Straps/DW
    Posts
    4,705
    Images
    1
    Welcome to HF from Canada! Congrats on the Cup.
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
    - Bob Marley

  7. #7
    mbiraman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    West Kootenays,BC,Canada
    Hammock
    Warbonnet BB DL 1.1 & Lite Owl
    Tarp
    Black MacCat Del.
    Insulation
    Yeti 3,4 & HRQ/HGB
    Suspension
    webbing/whoopie
    Posts
    4,182
    Images
    7
    Welcome to the forum.
    " The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it."

    “The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.” ~Wayne Dyer

    www.birchsidecustomwoodwork.com

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    Welcome to HF from Canada! Congrats on the Cup.
    Thanks! Love the Bruins. Long time hockey fan, even had a Bruins table hockey set up when I was a kid! It was a great series.

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by raiffnuke View Post
    Welcome to the trees and HF from Mass. You will not regret it!
    Are you from MA? Can you recommend a fairly easy trip for me and two kids (7 and 15) that is pretty close by? I use to do the White Mtns. but it may be too much for a first time with the kids.

  10. #10
    Senior Member affreeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Quincy, MA
    Hammock
    Darien UL 11'
    Tarp
    HG Cuben Fiber Hex
    Insulation
    JRB TQ & UQ
    Suspension
    Whoopie slings
    Posts
    209
    Quote Originally Posted by johniac7078 View Post
    Are you from MA? Can you recommend a fairly easy trip for me and two kids (7 and 15) that is pretty close by? I use to do the White Mtns. but it may be too much for a first time with the kids.
    Are you looking for a weekend trip? How far is too far? If you're willing to drive to southern VT, here's a low-key, nice 2-night weekend:

    Start at the Stratton Pond Trail trail-head on the Arlington - West Wardsboro Rd. Hike 4 miles to Stratton Pond and camp there. You will have to pay a fee to the caretaker for camping there.

    Next day hike west on the Lye Brook Trail to Bourne Pond and camp for the night. I don't remember the mileage exactly; I think it's only about 2 miles, so if you and the kids are ambitious you can make this part of the first day's hike and make it a one night outing.

    Next day, hike south on the Branch Pond Trail about 4 miles to the Arlington - West Wardsboro Rd, then walk east on the road about 2 miles back to your car.

    The Arlington - West Wardsboro Rd (also called the Kelly Stand Rd) is an unpaved USFS road, but is easily passable by any passenger car.

    EDIT: You can make Day 2 more ambitious by going north on the AT from Stratton Pond until reaching Prospect Rock, with fine views to the west, then backtrack a bit to the intersection of the Branch Pond Trail. Follow Branch Pond Trail south to Bourne Pond. I think that makes something like a 10 mile day. Last time I was out that way, in the fall of 2008, part of the Branch Pond Trail was flooded by a beaver dam, but it was easy enough to skirt around it.
    Last edited by affreeman; 06-16-2011 at 16:23. Reason: Added Info
    ~
    "Home is where I hang my food bag."

    Monkeywrench
    Allen Freeman
    allen@allenf.com
    www.allenf.com
    blog.allenf.com

Similar Threads

  1. Newbie looking for help
    By Rdmar in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-21-2013, 14:18
  2. Newbie's gonna try to make his first hammock Newbie
    By PineMartyn in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 10-23-2012, 17:39
  3. Newbie from N VA here
    By Nevermore1 in forum Introduce Yourself
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 04-15-2012, 21:28
  4. Not even a newbie yet
    By Tikki-Tavi in forum Introduce Yourself
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-15-2010, 11:36
  5. Newbie
    By hunter45 in forum Introduce Yourself
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-06-2010, 01:58

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •