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    Lazy Hang in Kanangra-Boyd National Park

    Over the weekend, yours truly and Mrs M made the 3 hour, 200km car journey out of Sydney to the wilds of the Kanangra-Boyd National Park for an overnight hang at the Boyd River Camping Area. All the photos were taken on Sunday morning after I took a little "breakfast from the hammock", and Mrs M took her Sunday morning lie-in.




    ... apparently the hammock symbol has fallen off the sign



    I called this trip a "lazy hang", since the only hiking planned was an estimated 20 meters from the car to the hammocks , although we did take a drive down to the end of the road and wandered along the track for a couple of hundred meters to look out over the Kanangra Walls and Gorge. After admiring the scenery, it was back up the road to the campsite to get the WBBBs and the Edge tarps set up for the night, before getting the campfire started and the dinner warmed.







    It's now well into autumn south of the equator, and temperatures are starting to fall here in NSW. The campsite is at about 1150m above sea level, so overnight temps up there are getting close to freezing. We were greeted in the morning by a light frost on the grasses in the open area near the campsite, and some ice forming on the tarps.





    Although I had both a closed-cell foam mat and a Thermarest under me, I could feel the cold during the night on my back and under my butt. I was covered on top with both my summer weight down sleeping bag and my winter weight bag, so I was warm enough on top. The main take-home from the trip was that our mats aren't going to cut-it for the winter even in this climate, and I pressed "go" on ordering a couple of 3-season WB Yeti UQs soon after getting home. The good news for us is that it doesn't really get a whole bunch colder than than a few degrees C below zero in these parts, even in the middle of winter, so I don't think we need to get too serious with full-length underquilts and the like.

    Even better news, we didn't get eaten by wild dogs or attacked by drop bears .

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    Thanks for the trip report and good call on the under quilt decision.
    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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    Love the term Sunday morning lie-in. I must adopt...
    The gene pool needs a life guard.

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    BTW, I wish I hadn't googled images of drop bear. Yuck.
    The gene pool needs a life guard.

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    Thanks For the Tr Nice Pictures.

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    Nice report. With all those gum trees and the frost on the grass your location seems very exotic to me. Thank you for sharing.

    “Tarp campers are livers with nature and intimately know not only wind and bugs but also sights of moonlit clouds and shooting stars and dawn, scents of pine needles and flowers and grasses….their nights are as memorable as their days.”


    – The late Harvey Manning, Backpacking One Step at a Time

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    Nice pics and write up Marwood! Looks pretty darn cold up there.
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    I loved the pics too....and did several scans for snakes in them. Did you see any? A Tiger maybe??

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    Thanks for the positive feedback everyone.

    I think it's probably too cold for the snakes to be out and about up there at this time of year. So for you MedicineMan here's a photo of a tiger snake I saw by the track in Tasmania back in Feb, I guess just over a meter long. It was curled up on the track when we walked by, then moved slowly off after we woke it up. Down in Tassie the tiger snakes are black and generally without stripes as a adaptation to colder weather, thought they are apparently the same species as we have here on continental Aus.

    I've only seen a couple of snakes when bushwalking here in NSW and when I lived up in Queensland, but when I climbed Mt Bogong in Victoria before Christmas I saw six snakes on the one day walk - one alpine copperhead and five tigers. Sure makes you tread carefully and keep your eyes on the track!
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    Cool shots.

    Thanks for the tour.

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