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    Salmon Creek (Big Sur, Ca.) 3/24-25/2011

    I'm tired, so this may be short.
    To sum up, we had gale warnings, flash flood warnings, and high seas warnings. All my buddies backed out on me, so it was a solo trip! This was my first backwoods night in a hammock, and I picked a doozey. I stayed out of the draws and moved to higher ground. Our "cold" here on the coast is not particularly cold on the thermometer (I'm guessing low 40's w/o wind) but it was soaking wet wind driven fog and rain. With measured 40mph gusts, it was a long loud night. The forest floor was saturated from recent rains, and stakes wouldn't hold, so I had to get creative.

    My gear shined. My Hammock Gear 3S Incubator, once adjusted, was PERFECT on my BB. My WB Superfly was bombproof tied out with Kelty triptease and nylon figure 9's backed up with half-hitches. The rain was driving hard enough to cause the well-documented silnylon "mist blowthrough" phenomenon but really had no major effect on my gear or insulation systems. I had to hang my poncho inside down to the ground on the windward side because I was getting water blown onto / bounced up on my UQ. I did all my FB cooking using my homemade FanceeFeest stove and cozy; it was friggin perfect.

    It was a long, loud night. But I was snug as bug, warm and dry. Great little solo trip. Here are the pics, so you know it happened....

    Lower Salmon Creek Falls, spouting like a hose on full blast, creating a gigantic mist cloud.


    The spot.


    Geared up, right before it kicked into high gear.


    My kitchen under the SF.


    My view most of the night.


    I had some rain the next morning, but then it cleared for my hike out. Beautiful area.


    Thanks for the chance to share!
    -Bill

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    Terrific briefing....big points o you for slogging on solo. Nothing like rain on a tarp all dry in the hammock!!!!
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    Very, Very, Very

    Very nice indeed. Sounds like an excellent hammock weather!

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    Nice country you got there. Thanks for posting your report.
    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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    Great pictures and a very nice concise report on your gear. I love the Big Sur area. Don't cut yourself too short saying the temps were not that low. All that moisture was a challenge!
    Ken T.

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    What a great first hanging trip. Well done!

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    Great briefing and beautiful scenery. Thanks for taking us along on your solo journey.
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    Enjoy the elevation

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    Forgot to mention, just in case it helps someone else, I DEFINITELY hung my foot end too high. Gonna aim for just barely "foot-end high" from level from now on. I had weird things happen to my feet, that resulted in some kooky dreams, but after I switched my position, no probs. Thanks for the feedback, looking forward to the next trip soon.
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    Great Report, that area is on my list.
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    Great report love the view on the last picture!
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