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    Senior Member Ewker's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRU View Post
    Glad to hear it was a success as well as a learning experience. The pix are great! And glad you didn't roll out of the hammock and down the hill on your first night!
    I agree about that spot. I can see someone having to get up for a midnight run and forget you are on a steep slope....
    There are times that the only way you can do something is alone that waiting on the convenience of others means that a lot of opportunities will pass you by
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    Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool. ― Mark Twain

    Who cares about showers, gourmet food, using flush toilets. Just keep on walking and being away from it all.

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    Nice trip report! Especially enjoyed discovering those waterfalls with you.
    - Loki,

    "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
    Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
    The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
    while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
    John Muir

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    Senior Member Mountain Gout's Avatar
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    Thanks for sharing... Looked fun... It only gets better from here..
    We would be one step closer to world peace, if everyone slept in a hammock..

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    Great first outing! And you learned a lot too.

    About keeping things dry and packing...Personally I like modularity and compression dry sacks.

    Compression, because you keep volume consumption down to a minimum.

    Modularity, because if it is raining you don't want to open up everything to rain all at once and also if one water proof bag gets a bad seal or cut or whatever you only get one thing wet.

    So I pack in reverse order of un packing:

    Bottom to top packed (Sack one goes in the very bottom of the pack):

    Dry Sack 1: (Non compression)Food and cooking gear (also the heaviest so it is good to keep the center of gravity in the bottom)

    Dry Sack 2: Insulation (UQ and TQ) Usually the 2nd heaviest

    Dry Sack 3: Hammock and Tarp

    Little Dry sack (Non compression) - Misc trail snacks and trail gear that I might need along the way

    When I get to camp I always set up my hammock and tarp first then put in the UQ and TQ to let it loft. Then I get to cooking dinner. So this set up works really well for me right now.

    Just my 2 cents...There is (of course) no one best way for everyone. I might try a different system as I hear other comments and trip reports.

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    Awesome trip. I enjoyed the pictures. One good thing about making mistakes for me, is I learn from them. Sometimes the best teacher in the world is our own stupidity. Good luck and happy blazing on your next adventure.

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    Senior Member lilprincess's Avatar
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    Backpacking Noob: solo trip (pic heavy)

    What a fewer trip and a lot of lessons learned. Great job just going out there and doing it! And great scenery!
    Chase your dreams without fear or hesitation!

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    Looks like a fun time and a wonderful first trip - Thanks for taking us along!

    The waterfalls are beautiful, and that first campsite on the slope really proves the versatility of hammock camping.

    -Klauss
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    "But hey, 2 trees anywhere is a bedroom waiting to happen, right?"

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    Now that is how a trip report needs to be done. Great pics to accompany your thoughts and feelings. Learning, exploring, cooking, camping, the woods, the scenery. Well done. Thanks for posting.
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    With every trip you take you will more and more efficient! It is a learning curve we must all go through. I am sure you will be good to go in the very near future!

    Ps , Loved the STEAK!
    Luck is the meeting of Destiny and Hard Work.......................................

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    Senior Member vwgerald's Avatar
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    great pics!!! and it looks like it was a successful trip, both enjoyable and a learning experience. i always pick up a few more do's and do nots every time i go out but thats also one of the fun parts of it,, at least for me. pretty much every where on the buffalo is a GREAT spot, i get down there every chance i get

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