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A big Welcome from the other side of the Cascades!
The Amsteel is for whoopee slings but we still use webbing to go around the trees. If you order Amsteel or anything from Redden Marine they give us a 10% discount if you put hammockforums in as your discount code.
Beginning my NOBO trip on the AT on 2/28/12.
Oh i do know there are some spots in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness that are almost impossible to visit without a pack raft...so if you missed out on the opportunity to acquire a Curtis Raft when they were in production, here is an alternative.
Yea i know it's 11 oz more than a Curtis...But it's still pretty dam light.
Oh and yea there are plenty of Hangers around here, ya have to look though.....most stick to remote back-country.
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I'm not familiar with Dorothy Lake or a lake with so many islands you can pack raft in it. I'm guessing thats a multi-day trip where you spent each night at a different island? And obviously rafted to and from them. I've just google it and that looks awesome. I love me some bushwhacking!!!
Hi Max - welcome!
I'm in North Bend - just a dozen miles up the road from you. Sounds like you're most concerned about the weight of your setup, is that right?
What are your totals? Guys and gals around here will dissect your kit and offer a bunch of ways to lighten it up. For me, my setup is very comparable to a light solo tent setup, so I don't feel like there's a weight penalty at all to hammocking out here. I've never run into problems with trees being too big for my webbing. Even in the Hoh we had no problems finding appropriate trees. The only place me and my hammock-packing buddy have ever had a problem is in Central Washington. No trees at all He did manage a nap by rigging up a scary setup between two boulders, however.
If you post up what you're using, we can take a look at it. I agree with your comments on Pac NW backpacking, but we have our advantages, too. I almost never carry water for example. That's probably the single heaviest item in a lot of backpackers' packs and we can essentially eliminate it in many parts of the Cascades. Sweet!
My equipment is no where near what I want, or what is desirable, only what I have organized in the last 6 months on a $100 budget. As we all know, light weight is 99% of the time, more expensive.
I welcome your opinions but keep in mind that my setup is no where near permanent, its only what I can afford at the moment. It changes so often in configuration it is barely worth listing.
I slept in my setup last night, and will again tonight, so I will get actual weights later, I've listed what I know.
- Hammock - DIY 1.9oz ripstop about 11 feet end to end. Longer than most I am aware.
- Tarp -Vintage army poncho
- UQ - 1/2 of an Eddie Bauer down bag. Soon to be tailored. It weighs about 3.5lbs. And thats the SMALL half.
- Bag - The Down Company, i think its rated to +15? It weighs about 5lbs. Great bag, just sooooo big.
- Suspension - Herculine fairly light. I'm pretty sure it had a 50lb limit printed on it, but I tested it to 400lbs exactly. Swaying and bouncing for a couple minutes and it still holds. Only time will tell. AmSteel is in my future anyway.
- Vapor Barrier - I just bought this great stuff at Lowes! Its mylar covered bubble wrap meant as house insulation. Just like those heavy duty emergency blankets some of you use. 16" wide roll, 25' long, $16 bucks. They have 24" rolls too, but they are $30. Super light weight and worked just as well as my CCF pad AND its way easier to tailor, with duct tape.
- Sierra Designs Down throw, 50"x60". I use this in lieu of a TQ. Maybe 1lb.
- Bivy sack. Cabela's XPG, WP and breathable. About 10oz
- The Michelin Man suit. Cabela's cold weather down underwear suit. I wear this inside my bivy sack, no need for a sleeping bag. 2lbs w/stuff sack
-Mosquito netting from REI, Mumba? something like that. About 7'Lx3'Wx4'T. 8-10oz.
I have two other great quesions I am surveying the forum about. Go look!
Thanks again guys!