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    First Report From The Wbbb

    After much hype from me waiting on the new package over a week ago. I have been remiss in posting a report.
    I have been working on a video of it and not having so much luck. I recorded some of it with HD and I am having some editing issues there.
    I also gave a first true run with the Kodak Zx1 video camera. More on it also.

    I made the drive from Memphis to Monteagle Tn, just south of Murfreesboro.
    About a 5 hour drive but was broken up by a nice visit to REI in Nashville.
    I made it there arond 2:00ish and headed into the the Savage Gulf South Cumberland State Park on the Stone Door side. I was using the Laurel Trail on the way in. I made it in to camp and set up quickly. It was abuot 30*.
    This was the first hang of the WBBB 1.1 double. That went very quickly and easily. I also was using the 3 season Yeti for the first time and the Superfly with the doors for it's maden voyage. The quilt went well. But was very disapointed that I had no tie out strings or ridge line. I stopped and purchased some trip tease and some small dia. static kern mantle for the ridge line at the REI. I had it set up in just a little more time than what I am accustomed to with the hex fly I had been using but not an issue. I did not get the taunt pitch that I was looking for this time but shoud be a no issue in the future.
    I had a nice meal then settled in for a night of watching Tombstone on the Ipod. I was in the hammock by 6:30 and was quite comfy. I was using my Ray Way quilt that my wife had made and was wearing a light pair of long underweaar with my Marmot wind shirt. BY 10:00 it was down to about 25 and dropping. I put on a heavy long underwear pants and was good for the remainder of the night. I had one of my 3/4 therma rest pads under my feet in the double layer of the foot box that worked well. I may have felt cool once during the night but covered back up and actually got quite warm for the remiander.
    By morning it was just about 20* so I packed up and carried on. The first time I have had to wear some thing under the Kilt on my legs. The forcast was for almost 40* and sunny. It never broke freezing and I never once saw the sun. I hiked the rim trail on the way to the ranger station to camp on the far side of the park. The wind blew steadlily all day. but I got some great views of the gorge and a side trip to Greeter Falls. Along with the much awaited trip to the Stone Door.
    As I passed the ranger station I talked with one of the park employees. He informed me that the forecast had changed to be down around 15*. I felt I could deal with that for sleeping based on the previous nights first run. However I knew I had to be back in Memphis for a parent teacher meeting the next day. That meant I would have to get out of the warm WBBB early in the teens and pack up. I knew I had slept in till 8:30 that a.m. and would want to do so the next day also. That would be cutting it very close.
    I chose to bug out a day early and just get on home. Life happens.
    Over all I am very pleased with the entire trip. I used my new gear and was comfy and not worried with set up. I Got out of Memphis which is always great. and saw Middle Tn.
    I also used the Kodak for the first time. It shoots great video for the size and price but it eats batteries like cookie monster eats cookies. I suspect it was becasue I shot in HD all day. I will work on the video and maybe get a review there.

    Thanks for reading
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    ...in the trees too long Rilmoigan's Avatar
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    Thumbs up I've been waiting for this write-up

    Great report, I loved mid-TN as I was driving through eastbound to MAHHA. On the ZX1 battery consumption, I'd say it was the HD plus cold temps that added to the 'burn rate'. We're (winter hammocking nuts such as ourselves) all pushing our electronics quite a bit farther than most 'casual' users, I would say.
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    Great report, BEAS. I didn't realize you were in Memphis, really not far from me in Tupelo, MS- about 90 miles or so.

    Sounds like that Ray Way quilt worked pretty good.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    good deal, i've hiked the firey gizzard trail, nice area. been to the foster falls area many times.

    keep in mind any tarp with edge binding around the perimeter will generally need more tension on the ground guylines to get a taut pitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    good deal, i've hiked the firey gizzard trail, nice area. been to the foster falls area many times.

    keep in mind any tarp with edge binding around the perimeter will generally need more tension on the ground guylines to get a taut pitch.
    I love Tn.

    Didn't know you hiked just thought you slaved over a sewing machine.

    Love the gear Brandon. Thanks

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    those were the days before i became a slave to the machine

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    I cant believe you were'nt cold with only the 3 season yeti + 3/4 pad. You are a toasty one son.

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    Senior Member BEAS's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikemouser View Post
    I cant believe you were'nt cold with only the 3 season yeti + 3/4 pad. You are a toasty one son.
    I have had the Supershelter from my Hennessey down to 14* and started to get cold but survived.

    I did have my down jacket on my feet, forgot that. Other than that I was great.

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