OK guys, I have a good laugh for you, my first video! And it was a total accident! I was trying to get some pics of my WBRR/JRB MW3 UQ (short) and the camera suddenly stopped functioning. Every time I pushed the Apple iPhone 5 camera button it would beep/ding and not take a picture. I finally decided that maybe it was recording so I just let it go and walked around camp for a minute or two. At some point, I escaped the sun's glare and was able to see what was probably a photo/video button, which I had some how pushed into video while trying to get some pics while laying in the hammock. So here it is for a good chuckle, and an example of total incompetence in the iPhone video world! I had to figure out how to get the video from my iPhone to my Win 7 PC, and once I did, it was upside down! So had to figure that out. Also had to go from there and figure out about how to join and post to Youtube and found Shug's video about how to get it from YT over to HF. Maybe it will work? Have not been able to figure out how to add captions yet.
Now back to the originally planned post about the other days experiences. I wanted to play with my WBRR and some trees rather than my stand, and experiment more with my UQ with this hammock, and do some map and compass work. It was only about 50-57 that afternoon, but it felt surprisingly cold with wind chill. So I put mt VB shirt on under my long sleeve cotton shirt and headed out with a pack holding two bridge hammocks, foam pillow, water, kindle, GPS, etc. Practicing all along the way checking landscape against topo and compass settings. Lots of fun!
So I hiked through the woods, never saw a soul except a father and young son in the distance on dirt bikes. I hiked about 1 1/2 miles mostly down hill about 100 feet to a lake. Under bright, sunny, blue skies, just beautiful. I must have scared up 10 different deer, white tales just a waving goodbye to me. I felt just about right temp wise, no longer cold with the VB shirt on under the cotton shirt. I felt like I might be on the verge of sweating, but if I was I couldn't tell it. Then I set up my hammock by the lake.
Once again, I found a couple of trees that seemed plenty far apart, but turned out to be just barely far enough apart to set up the RR. Experimented some with tension. It is a wonderful thing to have trees with this hammock as opposed to my Vario stand. So far with my stand, I think due to so much stand flex, I can not get as comy on my side in this hammock as I can in my JRB bridges. This is much improved hanging from trees, though I still have not decided if it is quite as comfy in my waist area ( on my side ) as are my two JRBs. But it is much closer, very close. And flat on my back it is 2nd to none, and maybe 1st. And I am not even using the full length head end bar.
And I was surprised: in the high 50s with significant wind, I did not seem to even need the UQ while using the VB shirt! I was qite comfy and warm enogh laying there watching the birds fly over and reading on my Kindle. It was so nice laying in it by that lake that it is hard to over praise it.
It was windy enough to interfere with pics, whipping the hammock around, so I had to put my pack in it to steady the hammock for pics:
This suspension set up for the JRB UQ seems to result in a perfect gap free foot head to knees, with a good seal on the ends and sides! Does this look warm or what? :
I heard a lot of weird noises while hanging and reading way out in the woods towards an abandoned church cemetery across the lake! Reminded me some of Elk whistling, but deer don't make noises like that do they? Wonder what it was?
I'll be back tomorrow with the results of the VB on the hike out, out of time right now!