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    Senior Member lilprincess's Avatar
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    Finally made it through a cold night!

    Well, Nighthauk and I were on Scout duty yesterday and that included a fairly chilly night in the trees. Taking what I learned from my last failed attempt I was ready for the challenge. With my (at least) 0* UQ and TQ, UQ protector, expedition weight smartwool pants, down pants, expedition weight SW socks, down booties, UArmor cold gear shirt, fleece top, balaclava, down hat, down mitts, shemagh and four season tarp, I was ready for anything. Lol

    It may sound like overkill for most people but I am always cold. And I knew that going in, so I needed to be prepared. I also has some hot water in a nalgene and a piece of reflectex under my feet. The wind was like a freight train and the temp went down to 16* without the windchill! I packed the snow around the bottom of the tarp to keep out as much as I could, but when I woke up the tarp was so stretched out from the wind that it was touching my hammock!

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    I had a few casualties though. The tie outs that we dead manned in the soft slush the night before were encased under a few inches of solid ice. My only digging implement was Noghthauks knife, the I'm Down a few inches on a few on them. Lol

    All in all, it was a good night. (It helped that I actually got up when I had to pee, instead if just laying there) I was actually warm for most of it and only had a little chill around 5:30. But I hunkered down, readjusted my TQ and went back to sleep.

    A good night in the trees!
    Chase your dreams without fear or hesitation!

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    Glad you survived the night! Sounds like you went in to it well prepared and I really like the tarp color.
    Everyone ought to believe in something....I believe I'll go set up the hammock!

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    Senior Member lilprincess's Avatar
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    Thanks. It matches my hammock.

    I really took what I learned from my last attempts and applied it well. If I do say so myself.
    Chase your dreams without fear or hesitation!

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    Hooray!....................
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Herder of Cats OutandBack's Avatar
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    Wow very nice. I don't think you over killed it at all.
    Sounds like you learned some good lessons the last time out and acted on them.
    Well done.
    O&B
    May your mileage in the backcountry exceed your post count.

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    Congrats! You have an amazing gear collection. Nighthauk must have been happy, now you won't have an excuse to not go hang with him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilprincess View Post
    Taking what I learned from my last failed attempt...
    This is perhaps the most important part of your trip report.

    More than anything, learning from prior experiences is the best teacher. Practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent.
    Syb
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    very nice! I"m in MI and didn't have the guts to try this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilprincess View Post
    Thanks. It matches my hammock.

    I really took what I learned from my last attempts and applied it well. If I do say so myself.
    Great job LilPrincess. Tim must be proud of you. You should be proud of you.

    It's a great sense of accomplishment.

    See you guys at the Spring Swing. Only two weeks away. Yikes!

    All the best!
    Gil
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