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    Senior Member Lonely Raven's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Nothing to add other than congratulations on Thread Title of the Month!
    I was thinking the same thing!

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    M&M's.
    I agree! Or some of her favorite candy whatever it may be. My wife also likes her coffee! I always try to make her as comfortable as I can (which isn't too hard) I learned pretty quickly that my wife needs alot more insulation than I do and keeping her warm is happiness! better to have too much and it can be vented. My wife is now hooked too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazy river road View Post
    The best advice I was given was to let the wife set the pace while hiking. Have her walk in font of you so she does not always feel like she is trying to keep up with you. Also I let my wife relax in the woods and I do all the camp chores, ie. filter water, cook food, clean up, set up both her hammock and tarp. I do all the dirty work so she can enjoy the woods. She has enjoyed the trips we have gone on so far and we are going on another one Labor Day weekend. I keep the hikes short and make being out in the woods about us spending time together not how many mile we can hike each day.
    Ditto on taking on the camp chores and letting her just enjoy. I did this with my wife while tent camping. She would sit and read (her favorite activity) and enjoy being outdoors. She is also a fair-weather only camper so I always checked the weather reports and only took her out on good weather weekends. We are both old, so don't get any wrong ideas on the next part: she has a friend (widowed) she loves spending time with and invited her along. Extra work for me setting up camp and cooking and such but it was fun watching them enjoy camping. They are both very bright and have good senses of humor so the campfire conversation was entertaining. They wound up planning the camping trips and would make the reservations. I had no trouble getting a camping trip going with them.

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    I can relate to this thread.

    I've recently talked Mrs Dogstar into trying out hammocks. The main priority is warmth, if she's cold she wont enjoy it, so insulation is a must. Wine is a good idea, but not too much! You don't want the perpendicular swinging motion of the hammock to accentuate the gentle head spinning of a well wined spouse.

    Other than that I think Roche covered all the bases, especially the M&M.

    Have a great trip!

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    Keeping clean and cool (warm wheather camper) is my wifes big thing.
    So hady-wipes for face hands/feet and a good hat.
    Last edited by Triggerhpy; 07-19-2011 at 15:09. Reason: cant spell.....
    Tortoise never for a moment stopped, but went on with a slow but steady pace straight to the end of the course.
    Translated by George Fyler Townsend. Aesop's Fables (p. 18). Amazon Digital Services, Inc..

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    Serve coffee in bed

    Provide privacy for clothes changing.

    If you notice her struggling with the hike, sneak heavier items from her pack to yours when you stop for a break.
    (during a water refill works good as her pack weight will increase with the new batch of water but will be lighter overall)
    Helps her be successful and her feeling of accomplishment isn't dimminished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogstar View Post

    Other than that I think Roche covered all the bases, especially the M&M.
    Thanks Dogstar - I keep telling Mrs Roche how good she has it.

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    That *is* quite a title. Then followed with comments on bottom insulation

    Like any good experiment, only introduce one variable at a time I would car camp with the hammock first. You know how tough she is physically, but doing the backpack thing AND the hammock thing might burn her out. Then again, we all know the hammock beats sleeping on the ground! If she is freaked by bugs and creepy-crawlies, the hammock is a done deal.

    If it works, it should make all kinds of budgetary excuses

    I'm lucky in that my wife was a very experienced backpacker before we met--- traversed the Olympics and did the Wonderland Trail--- stuff like that. She took to sea kayaks in a heartbeat. I plan to get her to try a hammock soon.

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    Thanks for all the tips. I had a snarky comment about bottom insulation, but thought better of it. Use your imagination.
    I hadn't thought about hand wipes and her needing lots more insulation. Surprised that there's such a thing as TOO MUCH wine.....

    Maybe I'll have her proofread my threads before publishing next time. I was thinking along the lines of "The Diary of Our 1st Time" for the trip report. Maybe not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roche View Post
    M&M's.
    A man that knows women!

    Try to set her up so the smoke from any camp fire does not get blown on her hammock (DAMHIK ) and a big second on good insulation.
    Mark is the name and If there is more than one way to understand what I just said....I meant the good one.

    Earth First! We'll dirt bike ride the other planets later.

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