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    Jeremy's Run in Shenandoah NP

    So this was my first overnight hang. I wasn't sure what the temps or weather was going to be like so went cautious just in case.

    I wore:
    Mountain hardware T Shirt
    REI Nylon hiking pants with zip off legs
    REI wool lite hiking socks
    Merrell Moab Mid Gore-Tex XCR Hiking Boots
    Disney Jungle Hat ()

    I carried:
    LLBean White Mountain pack
    Exped Synmat 9 DLX air mattress
    Clarke North American
    North Face Bighorn 20 degree syn bag
    mid-weight fleece bottoms
    Eddie Baur down coat
    REI lightweight fleece half-zip
    Mountain Hardwere wind stopper fleece hat
    Seirus all weather gloves
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    2 princeton tec remix headlamps
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    other miscellaneous brick-a-brak

    The Hike:
    Its a 14+ mile loop in Shenandoah NP. It starts with a short climb to the ridge top then runs along the ridge several miles before a fairly steep descent into the valley, then a gradual climb back up along Jeremy's run with 15 water crossings.

    My Experience:
    It was the first hike I have done in a while so it took it out of me. I got a late start and didn't hit the trail until 10AM. I went 11 miles the first day and found a nice spot (so I thought) to hang the hammock near the creek. It got dark down in the valley a little sooner than I had anticipated so I ended up setting up in the dark. When I was setting up, there was no wind but after I got set up, the wind kicked in and lucky me, My head was facing in just the same direction the wind was blowing. At this point, I wasn't going to tear down and set back up so I just closed the Clark tarp into storm mode on the head section and dealt with it. As soon as I got the hammock up, my headlamp died. So I had to feel around in the dark for my other one which I couldn't find easily (I know, I should have known where it was) so I got the spare batteries and replaced them by feel to make sure I put them in properly. It was 62 degrees when I went to bed for the night (I know, crazy temps for Shenandoah in November). I went to bed wearing my lightweight top, fleece bottoms, and clean socks. I woke up about 3 am and the temp had dropped considerably (I didnt bother to check my watch to see what it was at) but I was still comfortable in the hammock. If I touched the side, I would get cold spots but no real issues. Around 6AM I was fairly cold. It seems I didn't have my valves closed well or something as air had come out of the pad and I was now touching the sides of the hammock in my shoulders and shins. When I got up at 7AM, it was 34 degrees. Not sure if it got any lower than that during the night.

    After packing up camp, it took me another 2 1/2 hours to get back to the jeep and then a 2 1/2 hour drive home.

    So not bad for a first, inexperienced hang. I feel more comfortable that I can go out now. I could have put on some of my other clothes to deal with the cold but as long as i wasnt actually touching the sides, I was ok.

    So any feedback on what I did wrong and what I can do next time for a better experience?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremesh View Post
    Disney Jungle Hat ()

    I am quite jealous, sounds like you had fun though
    Cheers

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    Jealous of the hat or the trip??

    It was fun, managed to keep my feet dry through 7 watercrossing but on the last one before camp... the rock moved and I got a wet foot. Good thing it was the last one for the night.

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    let's see ; you planned ahead, you had equipment/gear to meet the expected temps, you had backups in case of unanticipated extremes of temp/weather, and you didn't die.
    sounds like a win to me!
    KM (who usually has -too many- backups...)
    only noticable room for improvement; pre-trail conditioning, and know which pocket the extra light is in..

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    Sounds as though you had a good trip over all. Thanks for sharing. Now that you have that first one under your belt. Start planning your next one!
    Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by KerMegan View Post
    let's see ; you planned ahead, you had equipment/gear to meet the expected temps, you had backups in case of unanticipated extremes of temp/weather, and you didn't die.
    sounds like a win to me!
    KM (who usually has -too many- backups...)
    only noticable room for improvement; pre-trail conditioning, and know which pocket the extra light is in..
    It turns out I was looking in the right pocket, I just didn't dig deep enough. And since I knew where the batteries were, I took the easy route.

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    Senior Member jeremesh's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppabear View Post
    Sounds as though you had a good trip over all. Thanks for sharing. Now that you have that first one under your belt. Start planning your next one!
    I'm trying. My problem is that I dont know many people that are interested in spending the night in the woods and my wife does not like me going out alone. So I go when I can.

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