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    Arrow Cold & Bright Over-Night in the Piney Woods of Minnesota

    Making all these How-To Hammock videos in my back forty was making me feel like a "Back-Yard Hack" so I took of Friday morn' for the Piney Woods of Minnesota. Just one night ...... projected to be 4º.
    Snowshoed in a couple miles made camp ... kinda.
    Went to film the Tarp Section of the videos so did a lot of that. Realized I was starving and made a small dinner, had a wee cigar and dinked around camp.

    Got cold fast. Moon was on bright. Woods were lit like a Hollywood stage set. Coyotes howling. Owls hooty-hooing back and forth. The trees were popping, cracking and exploding all around. Not falling over ... just doing that winter ice pop thing. You gotta hear it!

    Had my DIY hammock, Winter Yeti UQ, Black Mamba TQ, pad under feet. Wore on noggin ... balaclava, Black Rock hat, down hood. Light SW top, another light SW top and my 100 fleece Titanium top with Napoleon zip pocket. Long johns. Possum down socks and my new Hot Socks ..... synthetic and fleece.
    Good to go. Went to sleep early ...7:30 ... drank a There-Flu night-Time as I have had the loogie. Had to get up and pee a couple of times. Excited as always.

    ***** IMPORTANT UQ INFO***** Was sleeping good and kinda got cold butt ... never had that with the Yeti ... seems in my haste to slumber I did not adjust my hammock up. I keep it down for sitting sometime and my UQ was just touching the snow. Got out ... peed ... why not? ... and fixed it. Was good for a while but butt was cool not really cold. Here is what I think .... I was close to the snow pack, more-so than usual and I thing that was it . Really just inches away from the snow. Also, I ate real early and by now it was 1:30AM-ish. Also I think my Winter Yeti is so over-stuffed that on the shock-cord and channel system ...it starts to droop. Yeah ... droop. So a gap maybe. I am going to add a couple of loops where my butt sits at the top of the channels and start hooking to my hammock ridgeline. That I am. I know the WY is warm. Shock-cord was tight tight. Maybe I need tight tight tight.

    Had a weird dream that something pushed me upward from under my hammock and in the dream .. that I thought was real ... I heard tons of morning birds. I woke myself going "Arhhhhh" ... and realized it was just a dream. No birds confirmed it. Man, it felt real.
    Got up and peed. I may need a check-up!
    Back to restless slumber. Woke around 4AM with really cold feet. Again I think it was de-hydration and not eating enough. To much Tarp Play!!!

    Thought the Hot Socks would do the trick. They get another chance though. Usually have the JRB down sleeves over my feet but was trying a different way. Next time I go back to the old way. Slipped my SW Expedition socks over the other two pair but to no avail. Once the feet are cold the only way I know for sure to warm them is get up ... make a hot drink and walk around. The rest of me did not want to do that at 4AM so my feet lost to the rest of my self.

    Woke at 5AM and went ahead and put on my ThermaWrap pants and a down vest with short sleeves and my pullover top and crawled back in. It was 1º. Now I was ready for morning.
    ***** Slept with the balaclava pulled over my nose and mouth. First time I have done that.
    NO FROST ON THE TQ! Yeah ... soggy balaclava ..... Ohhhh. Good deal though.
    Awoke at 6:30AM and had a fine "breakfast from the hammock" and all was peachy. It was really cold. I slept with the tarp in "porch" mode as it was so beautiful inj the woods and I wanted to just be there in that beauty. Could have added to my slightly colder sleep than usual. I felt like I was living on the edge!!!
    No breeze at night ... or I would have hunkered.

    Shot some morning tarp stuff ....... packed and went.
    MSR EVO Ascent snowshoes are super-dooper ....
    My new Columbia zip boots were warm and comfy and light and warm.

    All secure in sector seven,
    Shug
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    Last edited by Shug; 02-27-2010 at 19:44.
    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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    FANTASTIC Shug ... thanks for the report and looking forward to seeing the video you shot! Much better day than I had ... mine consisted of "Honey-do's" from my favorite blonde!

    WARNING: Will discuss Rhurbarb Strawberry Pie and Livermush at random.


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    Thanks for the report shug, your a trooper. Too cold for me tho. BBRRRR
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    Thanks for the report SHug. It sounds like it was a fun trip.
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    I got cold just reading it! Brrrrrrr.........

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    Cold just thinking about you being cold.

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    My trip last weekend it only got down to 33, but I also got cold. Similar situation, mis-adjustment of gear. For me it was my underquilt. I had changed everything when I switched to the Whoopie slings, but did not check the hang of my No-Sniveler when I got in that night. About midnight, I woke up shivering & found the UQ was about 5 inches from me. BRRR! I got up, watered a nearby tree, adjusted the quilt & went back to sleep. It did take about an hour to warm back up, so I added my sit pad under me, "just because".
    This was My mistake, not a gear failure. Lesson learned, I hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari View Post
    My trip last weekend it only got down to 33, but I also got cold. Similar situation, mis-adjustment of gear. For me it was my underquilt. I had changed everything when I switched to the Whoopie slings, but did not check the hang of my No-Sniveler when I got in that night. About midnight, I woke up shivering & found the UQ was about 5 inches from me. BRRR! I got up, watered a nearby tree, adjusted the quilt & went back to sleep. It did take about an hour to warm back up, so I added my sit pad under me, "just because".
    This was My mistake, not a gear failure. Lesson learned, I hope.
    I hear ya' .... but things did not always go perfectly in the winter in my tent days either.
    Part of the fun that keeps us all trekking off to the piney woods.
    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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    Nice trip report Shug! Even though you had a cold butt, cold feet, many bio breaks, and even the "loogie", it sounds like you had fun...
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    That nighttime medication may have played havoc with the particular gland that most of us men over 50 have to consider, contributing to your frequent calls to the woods. Some decongestants can cause that. There is that tension between hydration and getting up too often.

    I did have a vision of the beauty of the clear night though. Those are the best and sometimes I hate wasting them on sleep. I just want to soak them up. A few of us are going to hang in my woods next weekend. Won't be that cold, though I do wish for some clear skies. Hope to see you at the Hoosier Hang. Great report.
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