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    Merritt and Lost Lakes, Cascades, WA state

    My wife of 14 years, Michelle made her 3rd ever camping trip with me. She's a ground dweller, having tried a few gathered end and bridge hammocks in the from yard and on one winter overnight hang, she prefers her air mattress and one man tent. I got to swing in the trees next to her, and that made me happy.

    We spent the night at Merritt lake after starting late and arriving at the trail head at 5pm. We set up camp in the twilight before dark and ate dinner in the dark. We woke in the frost covered morning and made our way to Lost Lake. In the past there was a fisherman's trail that cuts down to Lost Lake, but this past winter was hard on that trail, and now it's covered with fallen trees. It made for a challenging 1500 foot drop into the lake but the trip was with it! We spend 3-4 hours exploring the shoreline and catching fish. I'm getting the feel for fishing with the Tenkara rod and am finding it a good alternative to Light weight spinning tackle. I landed 3 nice cut throat trout on a black beetle floating fly. It was awesome to see how eager these fish were to gobble up that fly! I am able to catch as many fish as whom ever I'm with, so I figure it'll become my standard gear when traveling to mountain lakes. I can carry a Altoids full of flies and the rod for 1/4 of the weight of the spinning tackle.

    I slept warm and comfortable at 32 or so degrees in my WB Traveller, Hammock Gear 3 season Phenix and 3 season Burrow. I did bring a a 2QzQ under quilt protector, but didn't deploy it. Great night noises, like owls and a bugling elk. I'm really digging the Hammock Gear Cuben Fiber 4 Season Tarp with Doors. I'm gonna use that this winter and see how it goes. I'm digging the "see throughidness".

    Anyway, here the video.

    Last edited by Buenos; 11-06-2011 at 08:55.
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    nice! Thanks for sharing!

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    Great video. That is beautiful country you were hiking in. I need to make it up there someday.

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    Beautiful . Thanks for the views...of the tarp
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    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    nice! Thanks for sharing!
    Glad to Share. I love where I live, and proud to show it off.

    Quote Originally Posted by KSC View Post
    Great video. That is beautiful country you were hiking in. I need to make it up there someday.
    You're always welcome. if ever you're in my neighborhood, feel free to darken my doorstep, and we'll find some woods to raid!

    Quote Originally Posted by rip waverly View Post
    Beautiful . Thanks for the views...of the tarp
    That is one cool tarp. I find myself staring at it often. I never get tired of that view.
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    its good fortune when you get to live near nature. Looks like a nice area.

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    So cool man. Gets me excited to get out that way again. Also to be able to visit with you both this winter. Looks like you had a great time.

    I need to vamp up my fishing gear as well...always wanted to be able to catch those mountain fish....they taste better.
    I miss my 4.8Lb base weight as a ground dweller...But I sure DON'T MISS the ground.

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    Has the winter hang date been set yet?
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    Thanks for sharing your area. That looks like a place worth visiting. I might have to expand my circle a little for next years trips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbiraman View Post
    its good fortune when you get to live near nature. Looks like a nice area.

    bill
    I sometimes feel like the luckiest guy in the world, with the Cascades in my back yard.

    Quote Originally Posted by mugs View Post
    So cool man. Gets me excited to get out that way again. Also to be able to visit with you both this winter. Looks like you had a great time.

    I need to vamp up my fishing gear as well...always wanted to be able to catch those mountain fish....they taste better.
    With your light weight goals, the Tenkara system of fishing makes a lot of sense. I am pleasantly surprised how well it woks. Mountain trout are a tasty bunch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bat View Post
    Has the winter hang date been set yet?
    First weekend of February. Here's the planning thread. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with you and hearing about your adventures over the past year. Bring the neck knife, and I'll sharpen it up for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by MuseJr View Post
    Thanks for sharing your area. That looks like a place worth visiting. I might have to expand my circle a little for next years trips.
    The Northern Cascades are considered some of the most scenic on the PCT. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness area is some of my most favorite wilderness haunts.
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