Is DougTheYounger a hanger for good? I suspect so. He's got everything he needs to do it right. And a lot of people deserve thanks for helping to make it happen: Hennessey shipped the hammock and tarp to 2Q's to make the mods, he did the work and shipped it to DTY. The Jacks at JRB shipped the quilt, underquilt, and WeatherShield to Maine. Ed and Karen Speer's friends at Steady Lane farm in MA even shipped a pound of mighty fine Beef Jerky to Maine. All of this came together in time for our most excellent adventure. ATTroll and Jim Bowie from this forum provided weather advice and trail condition insights that helped us make a destination decision. The dramatic change in weather and trail condiitons and our subsequent change in route came as no surprise and were therefore planned for as a contingency. We were not out to set any sort of speed or distance records and, in all honesty, the day's layover back in Portland was a welcome relief for my old knees. If you look at the Gazetteer for the Bigelow Range Trail, the topo lines are numerous and very close together going up to Cranberry Peak. The Maine backwoods are absolutely incredible. We saw numerous signs of both bear and moose-everything from clawed trees to the usual poop, to moose tracks postholed in the snow. Also, there were two occasions where we both commented, after the fact, that we had smelled an animal... something like a sweaty horse, but not quite. I suspect that some of the "wildlife viewing" was the wildlife viewing us! So, yeah, I think DTY will be a longterm hanger...at least for the summers and shoulder seasons. I traded tarps with him, leaving my HH hex with the doors...so I hope he will put my most prized possession to good use. But, I also left him the new tent I had bought just prior to my first night in a hammock. I never spent another night in the tent and didn't foresee ever needing it again. How's that for committment!!!
Sometimes even a Blind Hog finds an Acorn