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  1. #31
    Senior Member SGT Rock's Avatar
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    Here is what I have already set up for my thru-hike, January 27 start date.

    For the base:
    HH Hyperlite with snakeskins. I have added a couple of carabieneers for a little faster set up. 22.22 oz
    HH Stock tarp with JRB slingshot tie outs - 9.33 oz
    A 1/2" Oware pad with a mummy cut - 9.72 oz
    2 MSR needle stakes - 0.64 oz total
    And a Hungry Howie down quilt - 18.02 oz
    Stuff sack for the quilt - 0.78 oz
    Total = 59.71 oz or 3.73 pounds

    With this sort of rig I am comfortable into the 40s and can make it to the 30s.

    To take me down a little lower:
    JRB No-Sniveler Under Quilt - 21.27 oz
    JRB suspension system - 1.13 oz
    Total = 22.40 oz or 1.4 pounds

    With this added on I am comfy into the 30s and can make it into the 10s or 20s.

    Then for the really bad weather I also have this stuff for a back so I can shield the system or go to ground:
    JRB Weathershield top and bottom - 14.49 oz
    JRB Stuff sack - 0.46 oz
    Emergency blanket "groundcloth" - 0.88 oz
    Total = 15.83 oz - almost a pound.

    When I start I will have all this stuff in addition to all my clothing. The whole hammock kit is 98.94 oz or 6.2 pounds

    My experience with this layering system is I can be comfy down in the 20s and make it down to the single digits while still hanging. As I proceed north and the weather improves, I can send home stuff I do not need.
    Last edited by SGT Rock; 09-28-2007 at 11:26. Reason: Forgot about tarps info
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  2. #32
    Senior Member Cannibal's Avatar
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    Thanks for the weights Rock. I haven't started adding it up yet (still don't know what the final on the UQ will be), but this will make a nice comparison for me when I do.

    Jan 27th!? Is that a Springer start or do I remember correctly and you're going to do the BMT first?

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    Senior Member SGT Rock's Avatar
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    The BMT starts on Springer.
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    I thought it ended on Springer. My bad.

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    Senior Member SGT Rock's Avatar
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    Depends on which way you walk I guess. It has one Terminus at Springer and the other at Davenport Gap with a few AT crossings in between. My plan is to start on Springer using the BMT on 27 January and allow myself time (because of weather) to get to Davenport gap. I should get there on or about 25 Febuary (maybe earlier, who knows) and go AT the rest of the way to Katahdin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    I thought it ended on Springer. My bad.
    A common misconception. That's why they spent so much money on all those signs.

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    I just finished my thru....here's what I did

    I started with the JRB Nest...boy...that's good sleepin! had it down to 6 degrees with no problem (with clothes etc), so it would be in my 'dream list' And by dream list, I mean the list of gear my sherpa carries <g>/

    I loved it, but the Nest went home at Damascus and didn't come back out, instead I used about 3ft of 24" wide CCF. It sucked, my back was sweating, my shoulders would get cold if I moved over and touched the sides of the hammock. My feet were very cold in NH and Maine until I found a good way to keep my pack under them at night.

    CCF....8oz instead of 22 oz for the Nest.... I love my Nest, but ounces become pounds and pounds become tired feet!

    I only slept in 5 shelters the whole way, about 160+ nights in the hammock, screw going to ground!!!

    FYI, I went on a serious weight loss program for my pack....25lb base weight to start at Springer....12lb base weight by Glencliff, NH so I was a little fanatical about pack weight, I know a woman that carried her Nest the entire trail, even when the temps were in the 95 degree range. She had one of those huge Oregon Research bags as a pack liner and would stuff her Nest in there and use it as her pad. To each their own!

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    congratulations Cargousa!!!
    i see your last post here at HF was 2/22/07. when did you actually start?
    doesn't sound like the timing right to see hammock engineer, was it?

    glad to hear that you spent almost all your nights in a hammock!

    i hope it was as great over all as you had hoped. ...tim
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    Quote Originally Posted by cargousa View Post
    It sucked, my back was sweating, my shoulders would get cold if I moved over and touched the sides of the hammock. My feet were very cold in NH and Maine until I found a good way to keep my pack under them at night.
    Yeah, that's been my primary reason for wanting to avoid pads. But, I've been convinced of the merit of having one on hand. I made myself a really poor imitation of a SPE last week and took it with me this weekend. I found having that layer of nylon between me and the pad really helped; a lot.

    Congrats on your thru (hangin style)! Feel free to send any hints or suggestions my way.

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    Congrats on your thru. 6 degrees with just your Nest underneath? I would have froze to death.
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