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    First overnighter

    I finally got around to trying out my hammock overnight. I took the bike to a nature reserve about 6 km from where I live.

    Getting the camp up took way too long time, but at least I didn't have to do it in the dark.


    Good morning! There was a rooster starting to do what he does in the morning at a house not far away, but I woke up before him.


    The weather forecast promised wind from northeast, so I selected a site facing SW. There was hardly any wind during the night, a more exposed site might have reduced the condensation.


    With a view over a lake.



    Dew on the tarp in the morning.



    Hey! That tarp had good tension yesterday!



    Only memories left.


    On the way back.



    Looking at the spot from across the lake. I slept above the cliffs you can see below the radio masts. There's a hiking trail that goes along the lake above the cliffs.


    Setup

    DD Frontline with DD tarp
    Foam pad.
    Sleeping bag.

    Weather.
    Nice, no clouds, only a slight wind. About 14 degrees Centigrade during the night according to the forecast. I didn't have a thermometer.

    Lessons:
    - I need something wider across the shoulders to prevent cold spots. I think I'll start with a cut down foam pad across the shoulder area. The Frontline has a pocket for a foam pad.

    - I slept on my back all night (as far as I know) and felt some sweat on my lower back. A ridgerest or Z-lite pad should probably be better. Or a quilt.
    It works for now, I'm planning a longer trip in the beginning of September, I'll evaluate more after that. An underquilt is probably a better solution.

    - I need to learn better knots.

    - Setting up and taking down camp took way to long time - even under these ideal conditions. A bit too much of "running around in circles".

    - There is mostly just a thin layer of soil and moss above the rock. Not much grip for tent pegs.

    - Setting up the hammock in a slope makes it hard to fasten the "downslope side" on the ground.

    + Having the sleeping bag as a blanket worked fine.

    + And the best: I woke up and felt good!


    Edited to fix spellink.
    Last edited by Oskar; 08-14-2011 at 08:48.

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    Senior Member bhinson's Avatar
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    What a beautiful place, and a great trip report
    Thanks for sharing
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    Looks like a top spot Oskar, enjoyed your post & pics.
    Can picture myself, hanging & fishing the day away.....

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    Great trip report

    Thanks for taking us along. Looks like a beautiful place. Now you have a bunch of excuses to practice
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    Oskar, you have a great eye for picking hang sites. that looks awesome, beautiful vista, really cool rocks and close to home. sweet!
    i'm very jealous... thank you for your report and the excellent photos.

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    Thanks, everyone!

    I've been practicing some more just outside my house just now. The hammock and tarp needed drying (it got windy during the morning, so it dried quickly) and I needed some practice. Now I've got lines attached to all corners of the tarp, that should make setup quicker.

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    Thanks for sharing, awesome pics too.

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    as with any process there is a learning curve; Keep practicing, and soon you will be inventing shortcuts! (love the last photo- I have never seen any lake around here be so smooth!) KM(who is glad you had a good time outside!)

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    Great pics! Thanks for sharing

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    Looks like a great place for a first time. Great pix. Thanks.
    Good luck,
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