Well, winter is making a brief visit to NJ tonight. It's 24 degrees outside, with a low of 14 expected. Winds are at 20 mph, gusting to 40 mph.
So what do I do? I decide to practice hanging the hammock and tarp in the back yard. This will be a great test for the NJ Winter Hang next month, thinks I.
The hammock went up easy enough. I was able to tie a marlin spike hitch in the tree huggers, and adjust the whoopies with mitts on.
The tarp, however, got out of control, whipping around in the wind. All the guylines got tangled and I had to take my gloves off to untangle.
By that time I was at the point of no return. If I didn't get the tarp secured the wind was going to shred it. So I tied the guy lines onto the stakes with the only knot my frozen fingers could manage: a marlin spike hitch.
I'm just thawing my fingers out now. Later I'm going to take some measurements and make some Tyvek Grizz Beaks since the wind is so wicked. If the Grizz beaks keep most of the wind out, I'll try sleeping in the hammock.
This is just the weather I've been looking for, but I could have done without the wind.