We just got home and settled in from the CO Fall Hang, and big celebration of the release of the awesome Warbonnet Ridgerunner. Brandon brought along quite a few Ridgerunners, and it's a good thing he did - they were a hit
We held the hang at Burning Bear campground, near Grant, CO, and had temperatures fit for a winter hang. It was a great weekend with great people, and even the few tent dwellers who showed up were very nice
The planning thread is here: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=59882
We arrived around 4:30 pm on Friday, and there were already a few people set up. Unfortunately, I'm terrible with names, so I will not do a very good job of saying who all was already there. We've been wanting to try out our latest crazy contraption, so we debuted the new, portable-but-heavy MustardDog stand:
By day light, it looked more like this:
For more on this stand, see this thread:
Friday night, we all relaxed around the fire, eating the amazing chili LanceHawk provided, and enjoying the warmth of the fire. As the day stretched on, several hangers joined us, until our total number of hammocks set up for Friday night was 11. I managed to snap some pictures of a few of the setups, and please let me know if I am mixing any of these up... I am terrible with names.
Slowanderer's awesome Cuben fiber winter tarp:
Ice Man's sweet Camo Superfly:
Boothill and Sodakgrrl's side-by-side winter tarps. I absolutely LOVED the way they connected their panel pulls on the tarps facing each other. Genius. Their entire rigs were DIY - quilts, hammocks, tarps, the works. Very impressive setups (and some of the few that weren't Warbonnet hammocks... at least for the first night
Boulderman had the full Ridgerunner suite going - Spindrift sock, Lynx UQ, Cloudburst tarp, and the full UQ. By the end of the weekend, he wasn't the only one outfitted in a pretty sweet RR setup.
By morning Saturday, we had hit a nice low overnight, but the best was yet to come
Keeping with the gear theme, lots of folks definitely brought along gear to play with. MrsMustardman and I did most of our cooking with twigs gathered off the ground, using our BushBuddy Ultra and Backcountry Boiler. We brought three or four more other stoves, but never even got them out of the car.
The Backcountry Boiler was a big hit at the hang, and we boiled a LOT of cups of water in it. The amount of flame you can squeeze out of this thing when you really get some air going through the chimney is downright impressive
All weekend, we had some tenacious critters trying to steal our food, including this chipmunk:
and many, many of these jays:
And boy was there food to steal. In addition to the Chili from Friday night, on Saturday we had an outright absurd feast. Off the top of my head, we had: Meatball sandwiches, three flavors of chicken wings, burritos, beef stroganoff (which froze SOLID within a half hour of the stove being turned off), potato and macaroni salad, steak with potatoes and onions, tons of desserts, bananas with chocolate and marshmallows melted inside, a brownie-cookie hybrid that was just AWFUL
, and many more desserts. It looked something like this:
As night rolled around, the temperatures dropped FAST, so we decided to go all-out with our insulation scheme, and added the Spindrift to our Ridgerunner, as well as borrowing a Winter Yeti and Winter Lynx from Brandon, and a Travel Sock as well. We liked them so much, we bought all three from him in the morning
By morning, it had gotten quite cold - even colder than last year's winter hang. Some of us had some trouble staying warm, but overall the night was a huge success. We ended up with 13 hammocks hung for Saturday night.
In the morning, we gathered everyone up for a group picture, before we all rushed to take down our hammocks and head our respective directions. Ice Man had a long drive back home, so he cut out early in the morning, but I think we got all the rest of the Saturday night hangers:
The better half and I finished up the day by driving up over Guanella pass, and stopping at Tommyknocker brewery in Idaho Springs for burgers and beers with Brandon. A great finish to a GREAT weekend.
I wanted to thank all of the folks for coming out - from as far away as Iowa and South Dakota, and making this one of the largest, most successful Colorado hangs yet. The feast ya'll provided was just incredible, and the company was even better. We had a blast and can't wait to do it again - perhaps slightly warmer this time