Originally Posted by BrianWillan
I think it is fair to say at this point, that the majority of people would favour going the second weekend, October 21-23. So that is what we shall do.
At less than 2 weeks away, that should give everyone enough time to book time off or negotiate with spouses for some piney woods time.
Based on past experiences camping at Valens, here are a couple things we will need that are not available at the camp site.
1) Fire wood. Valens does sell it but, according to sources, it is essentially cut up skids/pallets. So if you have access to good firewood, consider bringing some out.
2) Grill/grate for cooking at the camp site fire pit
If any of those that are coming out want to work on group meals or anything special, now is the time to do so.
I will PM everyone the site number I plan to get in the week leading up to the hang.
Based on the historic average temperature for the region and the 14 day trend, Oct 21-23 is looking like a fairly comfortable choice, Sunny through the weekend with a cloud or two on Sunday, Average high of 14c with a low somewhere around 5c. Shouldnít be too uncomfortable for anyone new to the colder seasons but you're car camping so bring additional gear and extra layers (you wonít have to carry it!).
Not a good idea to transport firewood more than a couple of kilometers, we bought wood at Valens a couple of weeks ago and didnít have any issues with (they may have switched suppliers, nice hardwood). Another option is the TSC in Cambridge, about 10 mins down the road from Valens.
Hate to miss a hang so close to home but I maxed out on 12 trips this year, Iíve been informed that 13 will put me in the dog house and my hammock in the oven @ 450 for 30 mins (flipped at halftime)