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    Senior Member Bushwhacker's Avatar
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    First Overnight!

    I was really looking forward to last night - It was the first night since Christmas (when I got my WBBB) that it was warm enough to sleep out.

    I know my hammock is quite lopsided, but I couldn't figure out the mechanics that night, and was too tired to care. I still had an excellent sleep since leather (see below) is quite stiff and comfy.

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    I used a shearling coat in conjunction with an animal pelt rug (sheep?) as a substitute for an underquilt. They ended up working really well as they a) blocked the wind and b) didn't get wet when my hammock was leaning against the tree, which allowed the bottom of the hammock to get wet from snow.

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    The bugnet effectively blocked the snow (still need to make my tarp), and remarkably, my zpacks quilt didn't get wet, even though it was in complete contact with the net the entire night. This is my first night outside with that quilt, but I have got to say, it is fantastic! It didn't lose any loft, pretty much filled up the entire section of my bent over hammock, and kept me really warm. I can't complain at all. Who am I kidding: I LOVE that quilt! The water that did pass through the net beaded up on the pertex quantum gl and, from what I can tell, the feathers didn't get wet at all.

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    Just to show that it did snow last night, this branch was completely bare of snow when I went to sleep:

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    List of things people don't tell you about tree climbing (low as it may be):
    • You'll end up in a hissing match with a racoon (I eventually decided to just get a second supper, since it was the only tree suitable for a novice like me)
    • By the time you get in the hammock, you'll be too tired enough to ignore the harness, leading to an excellent sleep)
    • If you're me, you will invariably use the webbing on your suspension for balance and as a grip when limb walking. (The ascension is extremely effective for vertical ascents).


    I imagine as I continue, tree climbing will become much easier, but my restful sleep won't be disrupted as I will adjust to my harness.
    Last edited by Bushwhacker; 03-22-2014 at 23:48.

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    Senior Member Bushwhacker's Avatar
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    Oh, and here is my lovely Gri-Gri 2 and petzl ascension that I used for tree climbing.

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    Now, if only I could figure out how to get my throwline higher....

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    YES! So awesome!

    I almost missed this one! I would like to feature your adventure on TREEfool.com if that is something that you are interested in? Having your first tree camp during snowfall is pretty impressive.

    What rope are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post

    Now, if only I could figure out how to get my throwline higher....
    I will be testing out a new throwline setup this week that will definitely interest you. Price is $17 for all of the parts and it allows me to easily hit branches at 75 feet even through lower thick canopies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Refreshing View Post
    I will be testing out a new throwline setup this week that will definitely interest you. Price is $17 for all of the parts and it allows me to easily hit branches at 75 feet even through lower thick canopies.
    Please do share! I was thinking about using a variation of a slingshot or bow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Refreshing View Post
    YES! So awesome!

    I almost missed this one! I would like to feature your adventure on TREEfool.com if that is something that you are interested in? Having your first tree camp during snowfall is pretty impressive.

    What rope are you using?
    Definitely! But I was using some super sketchy rope that was originally only meant for bear hangs. My next purchase is definitely going to be rope.
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    Looks like a fun way to spend an evening. Enjoy your time in the trees.
    Everyone ought to believe in something....I believe I'll go set up the hammock!

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    Crazy fun!

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    Sorry I missed this earlier.

    A little practise with throwline technique should have you placing a line anywhere you want in that tree...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFyu8rgRHAQ

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