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    A rainy night in the woods

    I had some new gear I wanted to try out and there was a winter weather warning for Austin Sunday night. Perfect! Oh yeah, in Austin that just means that it gets ballpark close to freezing so we're not talking harsh winter weather here, mid 30s and rain. I dodged rain showers on my 4 mile bicycle ride to the wooded creek bottom where I was camping and set up fairly quickly after all the recent practice, thought, and fine tuning my rig. The biggest new bits are a War Bonnet Traveler hammock and a Hammock Gear 20 Phoenix under quilt. You can see it under the tarp there. UQs used to give me an Invasion of the Body Snatchers vibe. I'm sort of getting used to the idea.


    The hot water bottle thread made me think my 40oz stainless Klean Kanteen inside the insulating sleeve from a County Comm MOLLE water carrier might work. It was a revelation! Boiling hot water in the bottle was comfortable against bare skin once it was in the sleeve.


    Cuffing the insulating sleeve keeps the bottle from sliding out in the hammock, but still lets heat out the open top in a fairly controlled fashion. As the bottle cools off, it's easy to unfold the cuff by feel so the bottle can be slipped out for increased heat output.


    I can't express just how sublime it was to hang in that hammock in the cold wet woods, rain pattering on the tarp, cocooned in down, feet in cashmere socks on either side of a hot water bottle in the foot of my 3 season bag! It was the most comfortable I've ever been camping. Actually "comfortable" doesn't get it... It was utterly luxurious! I'm hooked.


    Here's a video of cold rain on taught Cuben (Thanks Law Dawg!)


    The next morning I was so comfortable and busy playing with my tarp suspension between stints warming up in the hammock that I had a hard time getting out of the woods. I was using clam cleats and s-biners to attach and locate my tarp on my ridge line. Worked like a champ in the garage, but in the wet and cold they slipped in the night.


    The biner seems to be keeping the cord from seating completely, so I thought I'd try the slimmer, but heavier, steel version. Same same on the wet cold ridge line. I'm still using a pair for my ridge line organizer.
    Last edited by rlcanon; 11-27-2013 at 21:00.

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    Her ya go...hint, copy the stuff after the = and post up.

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    Nice get away I like your new gear.

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    Great trip and photos! Thanks for sharing.

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    Neat idea of using the mini linelocs on your ridgeline. Even tho it didn't work, I'm thinking of playing around with the idea without using the biners.

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    Nice!

    Gotta love that sound!

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

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    Yeh, love the sound of raindrops hitting a taught tarp.......as long as I'm tucked in underneath, warm & dry.
    Thumbs up ricanon.
    Mountain views are good for the soul....& getting to them is good for my waistline.

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    look like fun?I have to try the boiling water tip

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    Thanks! The gear worked perfectly. I'm lucky there is so much lightly used creek flood plain suitable for camping so close to my house. I rode out to camp the other night, realized I forgot my stove at home, so I just rode home and got it and then rode back out and camped. Urban Guerrilla Camping: All the adventure of being in the woods for the night, but close enough you can ride home and get anything important you forget!

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    gotta love staying warm and dry while listening to the rain on your tarp

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