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12trysomething
04-08-2016, 06:22
Which do you prefer? Check out my latest blog talking about this, there are plenty of hammock references within.

Thanks,

Rob

http://www.backpackingadventures.net/blog/params/post/825312/morning-routine

michigandave
04-08-2016, 06:57
If it's just me and I know that I've got a big day ahead, I like to get my water going for coffee & breakfast, then start packing up. Being out on the trail in the early morning hours and hearing the woods come alive is my favorite part of the day. On group trips, I just go with the flow....

mountainhanger
04-08-2016, 07:40
Get up n go. I try to do that consistently because it's when I'm most productive

jcblough
04-08-2016, 07:48
If I am alone, I generally get up and go. With others, it seems to end up being more of a slow start.

cmseeley
04-08-2016, 08:28
When I am with others, I typically just go with the flow. When I am by myself, I typically get up shortly after I wake up and then get breakfast and coffee going. And then while the stove is cooling down I eat, clean up, organize and pack up. It's usually about an hour from the time I get up until the time I get on the trail.

Kroma
04-08-2016, 09:19
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BananaHammock
04-08-2016, 09:21
Everyone seems to get up and go. I like to get up and have breakfast with a coffee. Then have another coffee. Then take a nap. Then lounge. Then pack up and go around 1.

BiskitznGravy
04-08-2016, 09:33
By nature, I'm wired to get up and go quite early. This is especially true if the terrain I am hiking in is going to be rough or were trying to cover more than 8 miles that day. I like long evening "wind downs" and getting to a target point early by leaving early affords plenty of time for conversation, day's reflection, and some fishing if I'm near water for the evening.

I've traveled with some who sleep as a profession however and while I don't make a fuss about it...I sure don't like it much.

Dcolon13
04-09-2016, 07:11
Lounge, breakfast, lounge some more, pack out. My hammock is the last thing to take down in case of emergency lounging.

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sparky32
04-09-2016, 08:03
Even though I love the early morning hours -- the peaceful stillness, hearing the forest begin to come alive for the day -- I have never been a person who found it easy to get up early. For my entire adult life I have worked a job that requires me to be up by 4:15 or 5:15 am. I don't like it and it has never gotten any easier. So, on my backpacking trips I tend to sleep until 7:30 or 8:30, then eat breakfast, lounge around, take my time packing up and be ready to go by 10:00 or 10:30. Fortunately, my buddy is the same way and we are usually the last ones to leave whatever camp site we are at. I figure that my backpacking trips are my time to get away from my busy, hurried, up-early life, so I tend to hit the trail later than most people. My hiking trips are my time to decompress and "take in" the beauty of the natural world and I do that by taking my time getting going for the day.

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Shug
04-09-2016, 08:09
I love a morning lollygag.....just enough to enjoy the morn' and have an espresso and some breakfast from the hammock. Then a morning constitutional. Then break camp and walk, walk, walk.
Shug
Lord of Lollygag

cataraftgirl
04-09-2016, 08:56
By nature I'm an "early to bed, early to rise" person. Get up & go is especially important on river trips, since there is almost always afternoon wind to contend with. We love floating past other groups in the cool of the morning as they are just stumbling out of bed. These are the same folks we wave at in the afternoon, as they struggle past us in the heat and up stream wind. We have camp set up, and are sitting in the shade enjoying a cold beverage. Definite perks to hitting the river/trail early.

Snydman
04-09-2016, 14:28
Right now I'm still in the honeymoon stage of owning a hammock. In the few trips that I've been in since making the transition Nov 2015-I can't peal myself out of the hammock. Usually after the second cuppa coffee around 830 or nine I'll start breaking up camp. Love being curled up in it watching the morning come to life from the Hammock.

ofuros
04-09-2016, 16:19
We have kookaburra's in the bush here that like to broadcast their loud cackle far & wide about an hour before dawn, regular as clockwork....which comes in handy because I like to capture the 1st rays of the day with my camera.

After that I concentrate on flame, fluids & food, maybe re-check my torso for any missed ticks or leaches, jot down some thoughts in a notebook, ablutions, then quickly pack for a walk out in the cool of the morning before the day heats up too much.

If it's a grey rainy cloud filled view outside the fly netting, I'll roll back onto my side again, pull the top quilt over my ears & doze some more...☺

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Other Guy
04-10-2016, 05:43
There is nothing better than waking up in a hammock nice and warm covered in downy goodness in time to watch the sunrise. Or at least see it getting brighter because you are surrounded by trees in the middle of a forest. The sounds of birds and things usually are what wakes me up.

But for whatever reason I despise setting up camp after dark and so do my best to be at the destination for the day before dusk. Even if that means no early morning lounging. Or maybe just a little.

brianb
04-10-2016, 06:01
Wake up, lay in the hammock for another 15-20 min then get up, pack up, and go. I like to hike for a little while and then pick a pretty spot for breakfast. Nothing against a good lollygag, but that seems to be my pattern when soloing.

JmBoh
04-10-2016, 06:14
At home i'm a get up and go person. even on days off i'm up around 6 usually and getting my coffee going and getting ready to do my stuff for the day. When i'm camping I wake, relax and chill for a bit. my favorite part is waking up before the sun rises and just relaxing while the woods come alive in the blue hour.

calpal
04-10-2016, 07:39
Which do I prefer or what actually happens?... I always have every intention of getting out quickly, but 1 or 2 hours always slips away.

jcreamer
04-10-2016, 08:10
For me it all depends on the weather. If it's cold, I have a hard time getting out of the hammock. If it's wet, I have a hard time getting out of the hammock. If it's really windy, I have a hard time getting out of the hammock. If it's a beautiful day, I have a hard time getting out of the hammock. Oh wait, nevermind...
Honestly, if I'm solo, I get up early. With a group, I go with the flow.

HammockTown
04-17-2016, 21:23
I love to wake up and enjoy the sunrise. Some coffee and breakfast make the hike ahead much more enjoyable.

Otter1
04-17-2016, 21:40
I have really enjoyed this thread. I tend to avoid reading this type of question & answer because, well, people like what they like. But this is a fun read.

If I'm lucky enough to sleep in, then I take advantage of it. But it rarely happens. If it does happen and my hiking buddy has started a fire...I don't complain :)

I generally like to get going quickly and stop for breakfast at a nice spot with a view, or a rock, or a log to sit on, ... whatever. Hiking warms me better than anything else on a cold morning (except a fire!).

Singingcrowsings
04-17-2016, 22:45
I'm up with the sun, eat while enjoying where I am, listening to the bush come alive and the sun rise, then go.

Kallorne
04-18-2016, 00:07
I like to have a quick bite and tea in the early twilight when the birds start up, nothing better the being wrapped up in down and listening to everything come alive around you. It's much easier for me to get up early when it's my choice. I'm usually on the trail with the sunrise... If there's rain or some similar nonsense I lounge awhile hoping for a break (doubly so when it's wet snow). Once I'm walking I usually don't stop until I get into camp, usually by mid afternoon, just in time for naps and/or fishing. That may change with my new hiking companion this year though! (1 yr old as of 4/5)

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SilvrSurfr
04-18-2016, 00:34
Coffee - that's all I need. Coffee. Fresh-roasted coffee, along with a little trail mix and I'm ready to start the day!

PappyAmos
04-18-2016, 07:35
At home, I'm normally up around 8. In the woods, I'm usually asleep by an hour after dark and up and about as soon as I realize it is light.
Need my coffee and something, usually oatmeal, or I don't walk well. Also have to eat before taking my ever growing number of meds! It seems to take me 90 minutes for that and packing up. Would like to move out sooner. Still working on that.

Spiguyver
04-18-2016, 07:49
For the most part I'm the get up and go type. However, the past couple of months I've been getting out with my middle son, 11 years old, and I have been changing my habits to make everything more enjoyable for him. First off, I don't set an alarm, I always rise early while on the trail naturally, but he doesn't, so I don't want to spoil the sleep for him. While he's still asleep I'll make some coffee, and break out the cards I brought and play some solitaire, or take a short walk, taking in the surrounding area and the differences the early morning light reveals. I have been breaking down my hammock setup while he's still asleep and as long as the weather is nice, I've even been breaking down his tarp setup and having most of it ready to go for him by the time he rolls out of the hammock. We haven't been pushing huge miles yet, we've kept it to the 5-10 miles per day, but they are starting to grow, and he's getting excited about the progress.

Either way, get up and go, or chill and relax, you can't go wrong, you're in the woods, enjoy it!

woodstove
08-24-2016, 10:48
I have to pee around sunrise so I'm up. A brew going and working on breakfast.
If I'm waking or paddling and it's going to be hot I like to start and stop early anyway .
If I want to fish a little or explore a bit I may pack up and then fish and move on after a fry up and dishes cleaned.

OneClick
08-24-2016, 11:25
It's usually hard to do a lot of miles anywhere I've been. It's possible to add miles, but never really a goal that you must achieve in order to set up camp. So I'll usually wake up around 7:30am, relax a bit to watch the sun come up, have coffee and breakfast, pack up, and start hiking by 9:00-ish all without rushing. I always try not to rush it. 10, 20 years from now when I look back, I want to see all the cool videos and photos I took instead of seeing that I hiked 16 miles instead of 12.

B-Square
08-24-2016, 11:43
Love the moto - Smiles, not miles. Don't know where I heard it - heck it may have even been in this thread.

Scubahhh
08-24-2016, 12:31
Every day I get up committed to chilling out and taking my time. Heat water for a nice cup of coffee before breakfast; morning ablutions and start organizing gear a little while it's heating up. Take a sip; burn my tongue; and finish packing hammock et al. while it's cooling enough to drink. sit down to enjoy that first cuppa and of course it's cold so I take a sip; chuck the rest; and am on my way within about 15-20 minutes of getting up, right around sunrise. An hour or so down the trial/river/whatever I'll grab a ProBar or Greenbelly or something and call it breakfast.

As you can imagine, I'm usually alone!

dakotaross
08-24-2016, 13:15
IMO, there is a certain number of hours I'm going to be hiking and that's really not going to change. So, the decision is, do I want to maximize the time to hang out at camp before hiker midnight, or do I want enjoy lounging a bit in the morning instead. I prefer the latter. I like for former, and typically do a bit of that later than other hikers might, but I typically hike later into the evening than most as well.

Dead Man
08-24-2016, 13:24
Solo - Up at 5 for the morning drainage. Back in the hammock for an hour nap. Up, breakfast drink, pack and get moving. Things to see and people to do. From the time I'm up up to on the trail in earnest is usually about 20 minutes.

Group hang - Up at 5 for the morning drainage. Back in the hammock for an hour nap. Up, start a fire quietly, breakfast, wait while the rest of the group comes to the fire, eat what they offer me for breakfast, listen while two or three debate on what day hike they want to do that day and quietly decide which group I want to hook up with that day. Greet the real lollygaggers as they final join the rest of the group. Graciously eat what they offer me for breakfast. Get my gear together and offer to shuttle as many as the Jeep will hold for the preferred day hike. That's usually a 3 - 4 hour process there. Really enjoy the company, the food and the stories.

The DNA is wired as the milk man's kid. The hammock has mutated that beautifully for the maximum amount of sleep/napping available or desired. Hey! Just discovered I'm a hammock mutant! That rocks! :thumbup1:

Rolloff
08-24-2016, 13:41
Same routine always. Wake up before daylight. Go. Get back in hammock, sleep until I wake up. Tea or coffee. Poptart or energy bar. Pack up. Go again. Finally hit the trail. Time I hit the trail, variable to when I wake up the second time. :blush:

The earlier I "wake" up the better, because down the trail a ways I'm going to stop for either breakfast or lunch. I like breakfasts in the woods better. It's usually hot and I'll get a second cuppa. Lunch is always more like a snack. Miles. Not that important any longer....as long as there's enough in front of me, to keep walking the rest of the day until dark is fine

ps22285
10-15-2016, 10:46
Definitely chill and start slow. Never done the get up and go but would be willing to try it out for comparison. Great way to put in miles I bet.

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Nodust
10-15-2016, 11:17
I'm very inconsistent. Solo hikes I normally get up and make coffee and quick breakfast. But I've started hiking before daylight or sleep in until 8 at times.

Group setting just go with the flow. I'm not one to worry about things very much.


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Wanderlost
10-17-2016, 07:09
It's a mood and setting thing for me. By myself, I'm typically a morning person anyway so it's get up and go, put a few miles under my feet, and then stop to eat something. On lazy days, that all changes. I'll laze around camp, make some breakfast, do the Shug breakfast from the hammock thing, and then get my butt in gear. In a group setting? All bets are off. It's usually whatever is for the good of the group.

Getintouch98
03-22-2017, 12:48
To be honest I like the camping portion better than the hiking. I just like to relax and take my time. This in mind I usually on hike 8-12 miles a day so I have time to relax in the morning and time to chill in the evenings. Plus it gives me time to actually enjoy the trails and not have to zone out as I hike.

Tumbleweed
03-22-2017, 16:45
Man, I'm retired. Only agenda item is pee breaks. Morning naps are as important as afternoon naps.
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Getintouch98
03-23-2017, 19:49
Tumbleweed that is awesome!

Geekeneer
03-23-2017, 20:19
On my last trip I woke up just before dawn to a Barred Owl pair hooting back and forth. One of them landed in the tree above my head. From that point on I was wide awake! So much for sleeping in.

<-Pointer
03-23-2017, 22:34
Did morning PT for ten years. I don't wake up at the crack of dawn and workout unless there are no other alternatives.

brian60
03-24-2017, 12:57
Did morning PT for ten years. I don't wake up at the crack of dawn and workout unless there are no other alternatives.

I know a lot of people who frequently ask/say to people who did military for years and years: "You're probably up at the crack of dawn or earlier every day since you're used to it, right?" And heck most military people I know sleep in later than I do! Haha

<-Pointer
03-24-2017, 15:55
I know a lot of people who frequently ask/say to people who did military for years and years: "You're probably up at the crack of dawn or earlier every day since you're used to it, right?" And heck most military people I know sleep in later than I do! Haha

I know some who like the routine and just keep it up the rest of their lives. Personally, I never cared for mornings, and despised pre-dawn activities :scared: (Gives me the willies just thinking about it.) More power to those who can get up and go and enjoy that sort of thing but I ain't one of them. I'm old and fat and find it terribly difficult to leave my comfy and warm hammock before the sun is fully up at a minimum.

"There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning" - Jimmy Buffet

tazmaniac
03-24-2017, 16:18
So far have been more of a car camp/base camp or a couple of mile hike in to site hammocker. Began w/ a few tent and ground sleeps and woke up earlyish because I wasn't sleeping well. Hammocks have changed everything in that department, so I could sleep till Noon and take a nap at 1. For me it is about the time outdoors and away and the superior rest I get in the hammock even if in the woods behind my house.. Not in that great of shape so any serious hiking is out for me, but I would like to try some trailside camping loops.

La Picker
03-24-2017, 18:24
I get a deep recuperative sleep in my hammock out in nature that I just don't get at home, plus in our regular workday routine we rise brutally early, so when I'm camping/hiking sleep is a big part of the experience. Then when I do finally roll out, coffee and breakfast are a ritual which I savor and would never rush through.

Hey, I'm a low mileage hiker anyway, so what's the hurry?

jms53
05-09-2017, 17:37
I'm a motorcycle camper, usually in places where it's accepted but not suggested to camp. As such I need to make sure that my campsite is clear before the sun is high enough that people can see it from the road.

Once I'm all packed up and checked for LNT, I will get on the road until I can find a spot to take my time making breakfast. Packing up however needs to be done quickly to avoid "encounters".

IcyThunder
05-09-2017, 17:58
If it were up to me, I'd sleep in and savor it. Young kids don't let me, though. It's hard to keep them quiet before quiet hours is over in the morning at the state parks. We're up and at 'em. Someday, though...someday.


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Shug
05-09-2017, 19:00
If it were up to me, I'd sleep in and savor it. Young kids don't let me, though. It's hard to keep them quiet before quiet hours is over in the morning at the state parks. We're up and at 'em. Someday, though...someday.


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Nice you give up good snooze to bring the young 'uns along.
Whooooooo Betty))))
Shug

ChrisJHC
05-09-2017, 19:11
Definitely get up and go. It always amazes me how some people can take hours to get started in the morning.

Let's see: breakfast 10 mins, ablutions 10 mins, pack up 10 mins. Anything more than 30 mins from getting out of the hammock is too long. Note that I'm not averse to having a bit of a lie-in and reading my Kindle in my hammock, but once I'm up I'm on my way ASAP.

This is the main reason I prefer solo hikes as I can set my own schedule. The only difference is when I'm with the kids - I'm still able to boss them around!


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MAD777
05-09-2017, 19:22
I'm not a morning person, in the woods nor at home. Never on the trail in less than an hour, maybe more. What's the rush? I like to smell the coffee. :)

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GopherHanger
05-09-2017, 20:01
Get up n go for me. Well coffee, breakfast , pack and get rolling .

daveysnowis
05-11-2017, 09:23
I like to get up early, before the sun rises, make coffee and breakfast, go for a walk and then get back in the hammock and sleep a while again. Not too long but if I am up at five and do my morning thing, I will sleep for another 30-40 minutes.

Ranc0r
05-12-2017, 06:55
I start slow, then get up and go. If I wake up before first light, I'll try to the point of futility to go back to sleep. Once it's light, there's usually a short battle with the bladder about getting up now or "in a minute but with urgency". With that resolved, I'm starting water for coffee/breakfast. I used to head out on coffee only and have breakfast an hour or so later, but now I need a little food with my caffeine. I'm usually packing while breakfast is cooking, so once that's done and cleaned up I'm off. If it's going to be a super big mile day, I'll spend an extra few minutes with the map/guide making sure I know my landmarks or waypoints.

If I'm with a group, I lollygag a bit more and pace my morning so I'm not waiting around for everyone to get started, which I find frustrating. I'm best solo or with 1-3 others.

Theoktays
05-12-2017, 09:00
Like to get up and go myself. Will drink a cup of coffee while tearing down. Get to the next hill and then eat.

Barefoot Friar
05-12-2017, 21:19
I'm a naturally early riser, and especially so when in the woods. At the same time, being in the woods is a vacation for me, and on cold mornings the idea of getting out of my warm cocoon makes me want to roll over and go back to sleep. Thus, I actually get up around 7 in winter and 6 or 6:30 in summer. I don't drink coffee in the woods, and I don't cook breakfast either, so I don't have to get the stove out, going, cooled, and packed. I try to keep stuff generally organized while in camp, although not having a tent to keep everything inside is a bit of a hindrance. I find that most often from the time I haul myself out of the hammock to the time shoes hit trail is about half an hour. More if I'm lazy or if I have to deal with a wet tarp. Less if I've done a good job of pre-packing the night before, and especially in summer since I don't have to worry with the darn sleeping bag and underquilt.

OneClick
05-13-2017, 08:30
Life is too busy outside of the woods to not enjoy some down time in the woods. I'm always good for a chill moment from about 7:30-8:30am. That means I'm packed and ready to go by 9am, more than enough time even if I'm putting on miles.

bereantrb
05-13-2017, 08:55
...emergency lounging.

That may find it's way into my vocabulary.

Speed3d
05-13-2017, 12:42
Everyone seems to get up and go. I like to get up and have breakfast with a coffee. Then have another coffee. Then take a nap. Then lounge. Then pack up and go around 1.

That was funny; I was thinking this sounds like me, then noticed you are in Illinois also! Maybe it's something in the water!

ps22285
05-14-2017, 21:52
Slow start for me I like my coffee. I do admit it can be a time waster.

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TxAggie
05-14-2017, 23:45
As everyone else has pretty much summed up, it just depends. Solo: I'm up and going because I generally have a goal in mind. The only group I've hiked with (as an older civilian) has been with my daughters. So for them, I cook breakfast, refill water, get last minute checks, then casually start up again.

If 100% solo, I don't think I would be in Early Riser's league....but I might be a mile right behind him.


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UltraZim
05-22-2017, 10:35
I usually wake up, get the bear bag and take care of "business", then back to the hammock. Eat my pop-tart, drink coco, and enjoy the view whilst laying in the hammock. Afterward, I lay there, pray and plan out my day. After these essential tasks are complete it is off to the races. I go camping to relax, and have fun.

wideguy
05-26-2017, 21:51
Shug
Lord of Lollygag
I see you say that in all your vids but you're booking far too many miles for that to be true. I'm a 3 or 4 (or 5) coffee before I'm ready to roll.

(But I did have my first "coffee from the hammock" last weekend and it is **** near perfection. Thanks!)

TrailSlug
05-26-2017, 23:41
I'm a sleep as late as I can kind of hiker. If that means sleeping till 9 or 10 then so be it . My high milage days are behind me in a big way. It's all about the time in the woods for me now.

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Trail Troll
05-27-2017, 03:46
If I'm solo you likely won't see me roll out of the hammock till almost lunch. (Brunch from the hammock anyone?)

When with my trail buddy I'm usually up early make coffee and start packing. By time I'm done with coffee he's impatiently waiting staring wondering if I intend on hurrying at any point. Then again if i had been packed up and waiting before someone got up i probably would be the same way. We're both early risers for work, heck I'm up at 2 am almost every morning, and he's usually up by 3_4, but in the woods I have no time schedule too keep. Except my calls home to momma, I just don't worry unless it's time to leave. Then I get sad.

Mileage is no biggie for me, I run my tail off in the rat race called life, woods time for me is exploring, enjoying, and relaxing.

Pavel
06-03-2017, 17:42
Getting up and getting going would feel too much like a day in the office and make me grumpy and out of sorts for the whole day. No, the whole reason I go is to forget about schedules, the clock itself, and any structure other than what strikes me at that moment in time. I laze through a morning.

For me it's not really a choice. There is something hard-wired into me. I need to wake up slowly, very slowly, and I'm comfortable in that. I feel it will help me live a longer life. :)

Madeulook
06-22-2017, 07:17
I like to wake up and go right away. The problem is I am always the first one up. So I pretty much relax and wait for everyone else.

micks
07-09-2017, 16:53
have water
an apple
hang out
search for the propper bags for my stuff
fiddle with my suspension
dust off everything might have ticks on it
hang up bags, hang them some other place, switch again
fiddle with my hammock
start packing up

and much more... not really built a good routine yet.

bubbavinny
07-12-2017, 07:19
Since I usually sleep poorly while hanging, I just assume try to sleep a little longer in the am if I am able. Doesn't always work though, and I usually need to hit the trail or head home.

Paddles Down
01-13-2018, 00:57
Thanks for sharing

dakotaross
01-13-2018, 17:13
Since I usually sleep poorly while hanging, I just assume try to sleep a little longer in the am if I am able. Doesn't always work though, and I usually need to hit the trail or head home.

Exact opposite for me, I sleep so well that I find it hard to get up when I tell myself Iím going to. One of the reasons I typically hike until nearly dusk.


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SteelSkywalker
03-14-2018, 15:57
I like to wake up and then go back to sleep atleast 3-4 times. Then I get up make a fire, eat and just hang out, maybe read a book for abit.

old4hats
03-15-2018, 08:28
My habit as a ground dweller was to find a camp site at least 2 hrs before dark. Get up before day break, heck who can enjoy laying on the ground anyway, eat quickly and hit the trail. Now with my hammock rig I still enjoy stopping early, setting up camp and looking forward to another great night in my hammock. I still rise early, coffee to enjoy, but I don't hit the trail as early since I don't have to compete for level tent sites. Hammocks are wonderful!

cmoulder
03-15-2018, 08:52
I generally like to get on the trail early, and very early in summer, mainly to take advantage of the cooler hours for hiking, then jumping into a lake or stream in the afternoon and taking a siesta in the shade until the sun is a little lower in the sky, followed by another easy 4-5 miles.

@old4hats, REALLY good point about not having to compete for good tent sites!

IRONFISH45
03-15-2018, 10:58
I see this thread is about two weeks short of being two years old.

Since my daughter & I travel together, I am reduced to being a late morning-- get going.

My normal urge is to be on the go as the sun comes up. I love early morning, everything is fresh and peaceful. I love hearing the different birds announcing their presence as sunrise comes on.

When I tent camped the pain was so bad, I could not sleep, so I would be up long before sunrise packed and ready to go.

Hobopelican
03-15-2018, 12:22
Get up early and steal away! I usually try to warn my fellow hangers so they don't feel slighted!:laugh:

Tyroler Holzhacker
03-15-2018, 12:37
+1 on what Sparky (post #10) said. How long I stay at camp depends on how awesome the scenery is. Sometimes I like to linger to soak in the beauty of nature. I go camping/hiking in the woods to chill out, not to be in a rush. Now if I have some place to be, I move out early, quickly and with a purpose, but prefer to camp with comfort and relaxation in mind.

As George Bush the elder would say...."Broccoli Bad...............Lollygag GOOD"! Google Youtube and look up Dana Carvey George Bush SNL cold opening.. great stuff.

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OneClick
04-12-2018, 07:30
+1 on what Sparky (post #10) said. How long I stay at camp depends on how awesome the scenery is.

That's a good point. If it's the first morning, a comfortable 45į, sun rising, birds singing, no wind, good scenery...you gotta chill and enjoy that. But if it's the last day (I'm ready to hit the road anyway), cold, windy, cloudy, not great scenery, I'm packing up like the place is on fire.

m00ch
04-12-2018, 20:23
I am typically awake before the sun comes up. I take a scenic stroll to get my food bag and sit back down in the hammock. Inevitably it is lights out for about an hour. Wake up again and start my breakfast. After breakfast I may take a nap again or just watch God's creation for a while. In the woods I am amazingly lazy.

johnbelly
04-25-2018, 14:34
I would prefer to Relax and Chill I'm quite Lazy in the morning as compared to whole day so I would do late on.

Ozzitoolmetallicrue
08-06-2018, 19:34
Hot Chocolate in the hammock when it's cold. Then eat and hit the road.

Five Tango
08-08-2018, 07:41
Slow start for me I like my coffee. I do admit it can be a time waster.

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I agree to the extent that I am seriously considering going to Cold Coffee.It takes too much time to heat the water only to wait for it to cool,and then get it down without burning my mouth.I'm estimating an hour of time saved on coffee alone.

OneClick
08-08-2018, 07:48
I agree to the extent that I am seriously considering going to Cold Coffee.It takes too much time to heat the water only to wait for it to cool,and then get it down without burning my mouth.I'm estimating an hour of time saved on coffee alone.

My somewhat new (1 year now) process is pretty efficient, whether in a hurry or just relaxing.

1. Heat 8oz water (Toaks 600 pot + BRS3000 stove) - literally 2 minutes or less from screwing on stove to pouring
2. Pour instant coffee into empty double-walled mug
3. Pour hot water over that from a decent height (to eliminate need to stir)
4. Cover with lid. It keeps the coffee hot so I can take my time; I don't like cold or ever luke warm coffee.

TrailBlaser
08-08-2018, 21:33
Most of the time it's breakfast, break camp and go. However, there are times when a more leisurely start to the day happens and most often, that is not planned.

johnspenn
08-09-2018, 15:36
I love my coffee. Even if i'm not cooking anything I'll heat water up for coffee. While the water is heating, I can start packing. Once it's done I mix it in my insulated mug (GSI Infinity) and it stays hot while i finish packing and eat whatever it is I'm eating, always standing my for a sip. By the time i'm ready to go, if I have any left it's cooled down enough for me to chug it, pack the mug and hit the trail.

Coffee is the ONE THING keeping me from going stoveless.

INhammockcamper
08-21-2018, 20:01
Variety is the spice of life, so just depends on the trip itinerary. Some days/trips are get up and go, others are relax for a bit. However, i'm always going to boil water for coffee. most mornings I don't do a hot breakfast, but usually have one morning I will throughout a multi day trip when i'm needing a pick me up.

trouthunter
08-22-2018, 20:55
Get up and go where?

Unless I'm hiking a trail and NEED to be somewhere by a certain time, I don't go anywhere because I'm already where I'm going.

I've spent 35 years being in a hurry, stressed out by work, driving in heavy traffic, meeting deadlines, etc.
I get up when I'm good and ready and do whatever I want to do. I generally bushwack into a cool spot and just enjoy it for a few days, no real trail time for me, been there done that!
I can't tell you how many days I've wasted hurriedly hiking trails instead of actually enjoying the wilderness on my own terms.

I enjoy real meals, fresh coffee, fishing, exploring, swimming, navigation, tree & plant identification, photography, etc. and none of that requires I eat cold food, drink cold coffee, or get into a rush just to spend all day hiking trails and missing out on all the things I could be doing instead.

I get a lot out of my day, it's just that I don't go out there only to do trail miles, to me spending my whole weekend hiking is boring.

u.willie
08-25-2018, 09:40
Both - I get up early enough to chill and relax, enjoy the first birds chirping of the day, the lightening of the eastern sky, the fading stars, and leisurely get ready to go. I have coffee and breakfast (via headlamp 'cuz I woke up early). Then if I have somewhere to go, I go. And it's a great morning and day, always

Interestingly, I generally do hike all day and still do very easily manage to enjoy coffee, exploring, swimming, navigation, tree & plant identification, photography, etc... and none of that requires that I spend all day not hiking trails.

u.w.

johnspenn
08-25-2018, 16:02
Interestingly, I generally do hike all day and still do very easily manage to enjoy coffee, exploring, swimming, navigation, tree & plant identification, photography, etc... and none of that requires that I spend all day not hiking trails.

u.w.

Hiking and the other activities Uncle "Jackrabbit" Willie mentioned in his post are not mutually exclusive, happily!

trouthunter
08-27-2018, 09:34
Hiking and the other activities Uncle "Jackrabbit" Willie mentioned in his post are not mutually exclusive, happily!


Both - I get up early enough to chill and relax, enjoy the first birds chirping of the day, the lightening of the eastern sky, the fading stars, and leisurely get ready to go. I have coffee and breakfast (via headlamp 'cuz I woke up early). Then if I have somewhere to go, I go. And it's a great morning and day, always

Interestingly, I generally do hike all day and still do very easily manage to enjoy coffee, exploring, swimming, navigation, tree & plant identification, photography, etc... and none of that requires that I spend all day not hiking trails.

u.w.

Hmm.....I think that was exactly my point, maybe I could have worded things better! :)

Some backpackers, including me in times past, make these things mutually exclusive by spending all their energy hiking from point A to point B at the expense of all other activities.
Not saying there is anything wrong with that, just that it's no longer my cup of tea.

With respect to photography, it may take me the better part of a day with a tripod and camera to get a particular shot I want. I may need to take multiple shots as the light angle changes, or to wait on a particular animal to show up at a pond, etc.
I can't hike and do that at the same time.

With respect to navigation, you can learn navigation while hiking trails, but to actually practise it the way I like to, I need to be well off trail.

Sometimes I spend all day off trail navigating, sometimes I spend all day pounding out trail miles, and sometimes I stay put in an area so I can fish, or set up time consuming camera shots.

The greatest part I enjoy about being out there is that I see no right or wrong way to do things.

I tend to go solo because I don't like being trapped by a group itenarary, or a death march mentality.

I have days where I just lay around all day and enjoy my time in the wilderness, I have learnt a lot just by watching and listening, instead of spending all day staring at the ground or the hiker in front of me.

johnspenn
08-27-2018, 10:42
The greatest part I enjoy about being out there is that I see no right or wrong way to do things.

As long as you do it MY way...

haha just kidding Brother, HYOH and all that entails both hiking and hammocking, enjoy nature your way and on your terms. That's the right way!

ChrisJHC
08-30-2018, 03:13
This thread confirms my decision to mostly hike by myself!
Not sure how anyone could balance all of the viewpoints listed above.

That way I can get up and go or take my time and I donít have to worry about anyone elseís timeline.

Note that Iím mostly a get up and go person and standing around for an hour waiting for someone to have their leisurely breakfast then think about packing up their gear just irritates me!

KBr00ks
08-30-2018, 09:04
It is interesting how adherents of each style can barely comprehend the other. Part of what makes escaping into nature relaxing is being on one's own schedule, whatever that may be. Going with the flow is a valuable skill but it is also a compromise.

I'm a night owl, and like to take my time in the morning. It is nice to get into the next camp early enough to swim, hang out, take photos, etc. But I have more energy later in the day. I recently went on a bikepacking trip, and the first leg was traveling about 65 miles to meet the rest of the crew...I ended up leaving my house at 7:30pm. A bit extreme for most. (I did end up splitting the miles between that evening and the next morning, to make a lunchtime meetup, so it wasn't too crazy. And I enjoyed having the first night out to myself.)

MAD777
08-30-2018, 10:24
I'm not a morning person, at home or on the trail. When with a group, I feel rushed to pack up & eat in the morning. When I'm solo, as I am right now, I have a very leisurely breakfast, then pack up. However, I miss the comaraderie around the campfire at night. So, both solo & group hiking is good, just different.

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Baskov
09-30-2018, 00:14
Always waking up in the morning, I run to the computer and start to do something there. But in the best of times, I want to (https://escortbangalore.info) lie on the bed as long as possible. To think of something interesting that awaits me, to drink coffee. Read the newspaper in the morning, but unfortunately such opportunities are rare.

soulsurfer
10-03-2018, 10:39
I really enjoy both. Sometimes I want to get up and get the day started. There is something wonderful about moving through the woods as it comes alive around you. With that said, coffee from the hammock can be bliss too. Rekindling the fire in the morning and taking it slow, enjoying the site and company make this a preferred choice. I think its a both sort of dilemma not one or the other for me.

Mr. Doublefister
10-03-2018, 21:41
When I am by myself, I typically get up shortly after I wake up and then get breakfast and coffee going. And then while the stove is cooling down I eat, clean up, organize and pack up.

This is me but Iíve never hiked with someone else so I canít say how that goes. Iím usually walking by 8am-ish and thatís sleeping in and lounging to listen while I enjoy my coffee.

SilvrSurfr
10-03-2018, 22:19
Wow. It does not appear that 12trysomething has posted to HammockForums or to his own blog in over two years, but people are still reading his posts!

tomlj75
02-21-2019, 22:04
it all depends on the trip, if i have some where to go, certain area to be at, or just a leisurely trip then i will drink my coffee and make breakfast with a fire and bs for a while. i do enjoy setting up for multiple days but not always. depends on the mood at the time

poor_jalopy
05-10-2019, 21:46
I'm almost always with my sons scout troop. So we get going about as quick as you could imagine 10 to 12 teenage boys moving on a weekend morning. I've never been the last one packed and ready to go somewhere. On the other hand, I've learned to not even bother being one of the first people all packed up any more. Once I finally hit my hammock groove, I plan on lollygagging up until the next to last scout is ready. Then hopping out and packing up just before the others start to wait on me.

Snaps
05-12-2019, 07:12
I'm in the "all depends" camp.

That doesn't mean I hang exclusively with incontinent folks, but I'm open to it.