Ahh yes the what I learned portion of the trip.
The short list would be how to properly set up my triglides thanks to compass and doctari's hiking partner.
The best places for Trout fishing and on tap beer from dave from carolina.
Happy Camper showed me how put my JRB STLs on correctly which made Friday night so much better.
Hooch for the tips on staying warm and layering the pads.
Compass for help with using my WM bag as a quilt instead of a bag and the lesson on compressing loft and loss of insulation.
Grizz and all those friday night involved in the RO water treatment discussion and the effects of flouride on the body.
So many other great people and a hell of a time all around.
Personally I learned that
1. I packed way to many clothers.
2. I need a JRB Nest to get rid of all the pads and such
3. Trying to use a sleeping bag as an under overquilt doesnt work when the bag has a huge hood without a draw string.
4. Russian tea ie Tang, Lemonade, Cinnamon, and Cloves is a great way to warm up in the mornings.
5. Always look for mp3 players in the jacket I don't end up wearing the entire trip.
6. Packs are much lighter without water and that Jeff from MRO was right about not needing to carry water in.
7. If you bring enough water for 3 days dont bring a filter and iodine.
8. Pick bigger trees to hang from because mine flexed during the night and kept slamming my back into the ground.
9. When its cold hang your tarp in a tight A frame to prevent the wind from annihalating your face.
The list goes on. Next Winter I'll be ready with another WM bag for an overquilt and a JRB winter nest.
See ya'll in Hot Springs.