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  1. #11
    Senior Member SmokeHouse's Avatar
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    Looks like tons of fun,,, thanks for sharing...

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    Hiking with Shug a trip report

    Backpacking with Shug a trip report

    I am a very fortunate to have had Shug as my trail guide and teacher with my first awesome adventure in the piney woods. We've known each other for years, and he has invited me to the trail in the past. The hammock is what made me finally accept his offer.

    Been fiddling with my gear in my man cave for quite a while. Wow! What a difference when you get out in the field!

    In Northern WI you never know what the night or next day will bring. We changed out our clothing at the trail head after Shug looked at the sky and smelled the air. You know he is part Cherokee. It was great to hear Shug reminisce along the trail about the spring HF Northern Hang on the NCT. The lookout tower Stormcrow and crew climbed, off the NCT, is waaaaaay higher in person than on video. The NCT colors are really starting to burst. I am sure next month on the SHT the colors will be awesome.

    Really like my Leki poles. I have been practicing in the bluffs about my hometown. It took a bit to get used to the straps. I was good about checking that they remained tight along the trail. The cork handles were very comfortable.

    The Blackbird and MacCat Deluxe together are great. Just as everyone on HF has professed. I found I really liked hanging low to the ground. Much easier to sit and cook this way. Shug's ridge line fix worked very well for keeping the BB ridge line out of my face. Working on lightening my suspension system on both. When are the Dutch Clips going to be available at the HF store?

    I learned a lot from trailcooking.com and freezer bag boiled most of my meals with my Jetboil. When I practiced, I did not like holding the bag in my hand and eating out of it ... awkward. So, I drop the freezer bag into my empty Jetboil pot, fold the bag opening over the pot edges and dug in with my long REI spoon. No pot cleaning! A quart Ziplock freezer bag fits nicely in the Jetboil. Shug stressed the importance of finishing your food to lower your pack weight. He graciously finished my peanut butter oatmeal garnished with dried banana chips, apricots and cranberries. Shug, no need to mention my food weight

    I can not say enough good things about the ULA Circuit. I picked it up new on ebay and it fit me perfectly ... uhhhhh, after Shug showed me how to make it fit perfect. A far cry from the exterior frame packs I used so many, many years ago in scouts.

    Talk about gear envy ... Shug's ULA Amigo Pro, kept us easily and quickly hydrated. I look forward to getting mine after the first of December.

    In closing, since June I have been living vicariously through all the HF trip reports. I had very high expectations for my first backpacking adventure and those expectations were far exceeded. I think it also might have had something to do with the company I travelled with.

    Much appreciated,
    Wander'nFool

    PS -- Really, I think a coyote sniffed my butt.
    PSS -- Shug is freaky when he whispers on the trail.
    Last edited by Wander'nFool; 09-16-2009 at 13:29.

  3. #13
    Senior Member JerryW's Avatar
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    Great trip report from both of you and another two-thumbs-up video from Shug! Can't wait for the Northern Hang, only three more weeks!

    Wander'nFool - Will you be there? Didn't see your name on the list, but it was on the poll.

    Here's to hangin' in the piney woods!

    Jerry
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    October Northern Hang

    Wander'nFool - Will you be there? Didn't see your name on the list?
    Man, I wish I could. I'm on the road working that weekend.

    Wander'nFool

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    Super Great trip report! from both of you guys! Great gear makes for a Great trips! Plus Hanging out with Shug has to be a Trip! Cool

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    TWO great new Shug videos on YouTube

    One was his trip report, the other is part of his performances at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmCw7...eature=channel

    I do have to say: the video is funny, but not nearly as funny as his act is in person. If you ever get a chance to, you MUST see him live. It's not even just seeing him- you FEEL him in a room. Shug is one of those folks who have.....<drum roll>..... PRESENCE. And an amazingly quick improvisational wit. I'm glad he's a hiker/hanger- we all benefit!


    (Sean: You can either send me cash or use PayPal for this promo. Sorry, but I don't accept personal checks from itinerant jugglers.)

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    Shug - great, as usual. Loved the action specific music and the cinematography.

    Wander'nFool - welcome to the hangin' world. If you can spend two days in the woods with Shug, hammocking in general should be a breeze.

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    Time spent with Sean is time well spent...
    Time spent hangin with Shug...priceless!
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    Whoooo Buddy)))) Shug's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perkolady View Post
    Very cool ridgeline solution!
    Thanks .... just shows that being "out there" in the woods sometimes lets on see..........

    Quote Originally Posted by IhangnBankhead View Post
    Great gear makes for a Great trips!
    Ain't that so true. Fun to ogle others gear!

    Quote Originally Posted by ghandrick View Post
    One was his trip report, the other is part of his performances at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmCw7...eature=channel
    I do have to say: the video is funny, but not nearly as funny as his act is in person. If you ever get a chance to, you MUST see him live. It's not even just seeing him- you FEEL him in a room. Shug is one of those folks who have.....<drum roll>..... PRESENCE. And an amazingly quick improvisational wit. I'm glad he's a hiker/hanger- we all benefit!
    (Sean: You can either send me cash or use PayPal for this promo. Sorry, but I don't accept personal checks from itinerant jugglers.)
    Whooooooo ...... glad I am so poor. I will shovel your walk.....

    Quote Originally Posted by JayS View Post
    Shug - great, as usual. Loved the action specific music and the cinematography.
    Wander'nFool - welcome to the hangin' world. If you can spend two days in the woods with Shug, hammocking in general should be a breeze.
    I appreciate the music part.......
    WF is one brave soul.

    Quote Originally Posted by animalcontrol View Post
    Time spent with Sean is time well spent...
    Time spent hangin with Shug...priceless!
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    Whoooo Buddy)))) I Love Onions, Grits, Greens, Livermush, NC Style BBQ, Potted Meat, Anchovies, 'Naner Puddin", Peanut Butter Pie, Red Velvet Cake and Cocoa and Straaaaaawwwwberrrry Milk and Coffee Crisps....
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    Very nice guys, as always, great video Shug, WF welcome to the piney woods. Great gear choices to start off on the right foot. And thanks for sharing the Mystery Meat with us...really thanks.

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