Took a canoe trip on the Buffalo National River, Arkansas. Put in Sunday late afternoon, came out at the White river (58 miles later) on Friday morning. I have a new T-shirt that states "paddle faster, I hear Banjo music".
1) Always hang the Under Quilt! I was warm going to bed the first night, darkness was setting in as I was trying to get situated. Two hours later, I'm listening to all the frogs, crickets, Whipporills, and start getting CBS (Cold Butt Syndrom). So at 12:30 AM, I get up to put on the UQ.
2) Always loosen the Whoopie slings when taking down. I did it every morning and then in the evening, snap snap to adjust the whoopies.
3) Use the WBBB "shelf" and toss in the Grand Trunk silk liner. If you don't need it, fine. But at 4 AM and you are chilled, it is much easier to just grab it out of the shelf and spread out.
4) More of a "what would you do?". SO along the untamed river, there are few campgrounds. We wanted to not camp around anyone anyways. But the trees along the river are mostly bent at 45 degrees into the river. Makes it tough to get the tarp over the hammock. Anyone have a solution? I made it each night.
Observation. We T-boned a tree and both got knocked out of the canoe (LOTS of people had hit it, it was slowly being chopped down by canoe/kayak hits). I strained my bad back. ONE night in the hammock (and a prescription muscle relaxer and two Tylenol PM) and I was 90 percent the next morning! I slept better in the hammock the last night, than in the house the day we made it back.
Two elk swimming the river. Lots of deer. 5 Arkansas razorbacks. A silly squirrel swimming the river (nuts must be better on the other side). THREE bald eagles (two were a mated pair, as they were keeping watch on opposing bends in the river).
A few photos.