My turn to chime in, as my first winter hang I certainly had no idea of what to expect and as with many firsts in camping I was a little over geared for some things and a little under geared for others.
Dan and I arrived at about 1:00 p.m. Otter, Deep Thought and Brian were already there and set up. After some introductions we picked out our spots. I set up near Deep Thoughts Tyvek enclosure, hoping to use it as a wind break for myself. This is where the little undergeared part comes into play. I was only sporting a small MEC Silnylon 10' x 8' tarp. I pitched as low to the ground as I possible hoping to bank whatever wind I did still receive.
The afternoon temps were fairly mild considering the time of year, and at one point we saw a high of -3 celcius. As Brian mentioned we had enough food to feed the Russian army and despite some valiant efforts on everyones part we couldn't pack it all away. Otters Tri-Pod grill/kettle setup was the must have piece of car camping cooking gear. It just made everything about cooking and hot water a breeze.
My set up was a little less then ideal for the conditions and I certainly would not want to have done any colder with it. I was sporting an 3 season incubator from stormcrow with 900 fp and although it should have been adequate I found whatever little breeze I did receive stripped off the warmth of the uq away. This was no fault of stormcrows work, I certianly should have had a larger tarp. To remedy this I layered it with my own DIY Duck Feather Winter UQ and was toasty warm underneath. Over top I had a -5 celcius synthetic sleeping bag and I drapped a comforter from home over that; it was alot to fit in the hammock but it worked.
All in all it was a learning experience that with some minor mods to my setup I would be happy to repeat.
Hope to see the guys again this year and maybe some more new faces aswell.
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