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    New Member Ms Fancy Water's Avatar
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    Hammock camping in Algonquin (ON)

    Hello community,

    I am happy to announce that I completed my first two hammock camping trips and I am totally hooked. I went paddling in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. The first time I had a friend in a tent tagging along who offered me to join her inside in case the hammock thing wouldn't work out. I used a synthetic UQ (first two pictures) that indeed didn't work so well, but an alu pad saved the nights.

    For my second trip, I had switched to a down UQ from 49th parallel (HOGS) which worked much better! There's a whole thread in camping hammocks about my issues with side sleeping, so I won't elaborate on that here, but the good news are that I was warm and comfy forcing my body to sleep on the back.

    I love about hammock camping that I immediately see my environment upon waking up. I am hearing impaired, and at night - without hearing aids - all sounds become fuzzy and impossible to interpret for me. I hung close to the lake (wind wasn't an issue) which meant it was completely dark only for a few hours, and whenever I woke up, I could scan my camp site instead of worrying about what was going on out there (not much anyway). This gave me an added layer of safety, especially on my second trip, which was a solo one. Seeing the dawn creeping up behind the treeline is another wonderful perk of hammocking.

    I am attaching a couple of pictures for those that wanted to see more of beautiful Ontario. I paddled on Lake Opeongo, which is Algonquin's biggest lake and makes for hourlong paddles without the need to portage. We and I got very lucky in terms of sunshine. The only night and subsequent day with heavy rain was the 2nd night of my solo kayak trip, all other nights I was good with the small Hennessy tarp.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Ms Fancy Water

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    Beautiful. Looks like a great place to hang!

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    Looks great. Glad it worked out for you.

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    Algonquin is a great place for hammock camping, when I started doing canoe trips there 7-8 years ago my first trip was in a tent, my second trip I decided to try out hammock camping and something like 30 trips later I haven't gone with a tent since.

    Glad your second underquilt worked out!

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    Wonderful thanks.

    我宁愿在山上。

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    Thanks all.

    我也喜欢山. ;-)

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    Nice to see another hammocker paddling around Algonquin. Nice pictures.
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    Such a beautiful area! thanks for sharing your trip.

    Charlotte

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    This is lovely!! Algonquin is a treasure, and it gets even better the further you are from Highway 60. Can you tell us more about how the UQ from HOG's worked out? I'm curious about them, I have ordered other items, but nothing insulating.
    “the quiet was so deep that their feet seemed to thump along while all the trees leaned over them and listened,”

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    Hi Sheener,

    As long as I lie on my back I am perfectly warm in the HOGS UQ. When sleeping on the side it doesn't seem to wrap around my Hennessy tightly enough. Temperatures I slept in went down to 5ish degree Celsius, I think. I study some online temperature record after I wake up, so not sure how accurate it is. The UQ is rated down to -10 C. I will hang some more this month to try it in lower temperatures. It packs conveniently small. I never considered down before but I must admit that it is a great material. HOGS uses certified down, so that gave me some peace if mind.

    Have a great day!

    Ms Fancy Water

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