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    10 days hanging in the woods with my grandson.

    Just got back from Wales where I spend a wonderful 10 days in an old woodland. The place is called Merthyr Mawr and the woods is right on the edge of massive sand dunes, near the sea. The dunes were used in the Starwars movies.

    Here's a couple of pics.











    It was mostly sunny with a couple of days of rain, but the tarps held up once a few problems got sorted out.

    The first night of heavy rain quietly allowed around 10 gallons of water to gather in a dip in my tarp, which I had left propped up. At about three in the morning, the weight was too much for the tentpeg and it ripped out of the sandy soil, dumping the water over my kit, while at the same time pulling the pole forward so it whacked off my head. This woke me up and I leapt out of the hammock, dressed only in my underpants and tried to replace the peg and pole - in the pouring rain - in the dark.
    Anyhoo, I got that done and fumbled my way back to the hammock to try and get back to sleep. I somehow missed the hammock and sat in the underquilt. Now the underquilt, being supported by elastic shock-cord kind of let me fall to the floor in slow motion. However, it reached the end of it's strech then retaliated by launching me backwards out of the quilt and onto my back - soaking wet and onto a bed of pine needles. Ha ha ha, how I laughed (not)!

    Still, that was the only misshap over the whole trip.

    Gear wise, we had Paradise hammocks (doubles), mossie nets and I had an under quilt (make unknown as I got it in a trade). The tarps are a Tatonka 3x3 in polycotton and a Hilleberg tarp. All performed faultlessly as usual. The only new thing this trip was my whoopie slings. What fantastic bits of string they are. Saved ages, tight knots and lots of swearing. Cameron's hammock still has tapes but I'll be getting whoopies for him too.

    The poles I used to prop up the tarps are clothes line extending poles (twist to lock) and cost me all of 1.99 each. They work a treat.

    Thanks for looking,

    Eric
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    Sounds like a great trip. That's an amusing mishap you had that night; I hope you weren't injured. Thanks for sharing!

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    No, only my pride was hurt. Still, when I told Cameron in the morning he peed himself laughing and so did I. It's funny how a fire, boiling kettle and hot bacon sandwiches can make everything fine.

    Eric
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    A memorable escapade....well done.

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    HAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Thanks for a good report, great pictures and a few GD LAUGHS!!! Glad you had enough bacon sandwiches to laugh too!
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    Great trip report, you had me laughing from the moment you set down in your UQ. Don't guess I would have found it funny that nite, but the next day I would have. Thanks for the great story and really good pics. Sounds like ya'll had a great a time.

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    Mmmmm.... bacon sandwiches....

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    I just wish that you had a video camera set up! You could have won "YouTube video of the Year" award with that one!

    More importantly, you got to spend time with your grandson. I have a brand new grandson, 9 months old, and I can't wait to get him out in the woods with me.
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    I like your pictures; the set up looks like it would qualify for the 'Hammock Hilton" award..
    glad to hear that all had a good time!KM

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    Great trip report and pictures! Even better memories! Man would that rain dump have made a most excellent video!

    You're grandson is going to always remember his time in the piney woods with his grandpa!

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