Well I guess I need to post in here, even though this was just a day hike, it is still considered a trip....just doesn't seem to belong in the general section.
First off I want to thank this forum, had it not been the fact that I had a hammock I would not of considered doing what I did today. I guess the thought of being of the ground while out in the snow is appealing, and that is what is making me even contemplate winter type hiking. Usually I just go for a quick walk around but never to the extent that I did today.
Anyway we have been having our bought of snow last week, and with a foot of accumulation I just had to get out and go for a hike. I packed my gear and some lunch headed out to a natural preserve area about 3 miles from my house.
I hiked in and then set up. A: to see how things will go during the Mid winter hang in central astern Wa I plan on attending, B: to get some more practice. C: just cuz I thought it would be fun to cook out in the snow while sitting in my hammock looking at all the wonderful beauty of the snow and the woods. So I got everything set up and then proceeded to make some chili and hot cocoa.
I tried a different way of hanging the UQ and I am not sure how that is going to work out, so some more tinkering with that. In the pics it looks really extreme, but actuality when I lay down in the hammock it flattened out and I was able to adjust it to where it hugged my body very well. And there were no air gaps. But I didn't get to play around too much with it so more to come.
I am really happy with the way I was able to hang the tarp. Since I learned all those new knots (thanks to this forum) it went up like a breeze. I pitched it high and flat so I could see out. Of course if I was to sleep out here I would have pitched it at more of an angle and enclosed.
I am very disappointed in the way the hammock itself hung though. For the life of me I could not get the angle right. the RL was just way to tight no matter what. I must have messed with it for 45 mins or so and just could not get it right. I tried all sorts of things...oh well that's what learning is all about. It didn't really matter though because I was only using it for a chair any way.
All in all a good hike, and it got me out and about. I think I will do an over nighter here in a weekend or two in the same area
Heading in from the TH.
The set up site
tarp set up
new UQ experimentation
chillin and making some hot cocoa.