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    Senior Member BullFrog's Avatar
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    First solo: Cuivre River

    I'm fixin' to go on my first solo overnighter tonight on the Cuivre River trail, and it's going to be a cold one! I've got to test my new DIY TQ, UQ, and pillow, along with Christmas goodies: balaclava and Steripen. I'll report back tomorrow with the results, assuming the coyotes don't get me. Wish me luck!
    Comically bad at DIY

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    Good luck dude.

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    Watch out for bigfoot!

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    Good luck brother!
    "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

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    Good luck! Try to stay warm.
    Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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    Good luck and have fun.......
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    Senior Member BullFrog's Avatar
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    Did not go as planned.

    Well, I'm back earlier than I expected. There were multiple things that did not go quite as well as I had hoped. First, the visitor center was closed, so I couldn't get any trail info (water availability, routes). The trail map I got stinks. I hiked for about 3 hours yesterday, which was fun, but the trail was in pretty bad shape due to horse use. Alas, there was no sign of water except a dry creek bed, so no Steripen test. I got set up around 4:30, ate some dinner and lounged in the hammock for a bit before deciding to turn in for the night. Problem was, I just couldn't sleep. I normally like to bring Advil PM camping, but I forgot it this time. I dozed off for an hour twice, then was awoken by mice rustling around. I laid in my hammock until 2:00 without sleeping, so between that and the fox screaming 50 feet from me (creepy!), I decided to pack it up and hike out. I got to my car at about 3:30.

    I hadn't done much real night hiking before, it's pretty cool with all the little mice and creatures running around. I also heard some great horned owls and coyotes howling. Good stuff.

    While laying awake for several hours, I was able to do a proper gear warmth test . It got down to 28 degrees, and I was toasty. Took me awhile to alleviate CBS by fiddling with the UQ, but it was warm when I figured it out. I found it exponentially better than a pad. I also had the shock cord shoot through the cord lock and into the channel twice, which is a pain in the butt to fix when it's cold and you don't want to get up, but I solved that problem. I got too hot once or twice and had to vent the TQ.

    Overall, not a successful trip, but I learned some things. Always bring advil, extra water, and earplugs. Also, horses poop an unbelievable amount. Stunning.

    I only have a couple pics; I didn't charge the camera battery beforehand (oops) but it wasn't that pretty anyway. MO in winter is mostly just brown trees

    I think I'm starting to ramble. To the pics!
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    (chuckling) Yes. They don't call 'em horse apples for nothin'.
    Glad you survived and learned some invaluable things. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    Senior Member Les Rust's Avatar
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    BullDawg--any trip you come back from is successful--it just may not have been the lessons or experiences that you intended. Knowing that your setup will go to that temperature is a positive, knowing that you can night hike out when necessary is a positive, knowing what to add or subtract from the list next time is a positive. I hope the next trip goes 'better' and that you get to learn a whole new set of lessons.
    By the way, which hammock were you using? I just got an ENO DN yesterday with a gift card, so I'm curious how you like yours.

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    Put it down to one of lifes endless learning experiences....you'll do better next time !

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