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    Hanging in a lost world - pt 1

    Thursday 23rd February
    As has become the norm lately Pete and I were heading north for some hammock time in the piney woods, rather than waste a days holiday driving up we made a plan to head off at night and crash out in the van at the destination. The journey was fairly uneventful, the road works on A1 are starting to get shorter at long last, a twelve mile detour near Darlington meant we lost that time though. The A68 through Northumberland felt very bleak in the darkness but I think we only counted a handful of other cars on the stretch.
    Im not sure what time we reached the car park but it was gone 02:00 for sure, we had a quick brew and some munchies and got our heads down for a few hours until daylight. Pete opted to empty some gear from the van and get his Exped mat down in the back, I curled up on the front seat and surprisingly got a decent kip.

    Friday 24th February
    Sleeping in a car is never great but I had managed to sleep straight through until the daylight started to appear, another car had parked nearby and the sound of closing doors was enough to get me up. I made good use of the amenities to hand (composting bog in the car park)and then gave Pete a shout, I needed coffee and porridge.

    Slowly getting the kit unloaded


    And were off into the piney woods





















    Hand railing a river all the way up the glen until we reached a ford





    Just after the ford we branched right and into an area which Pete had described as a lost world, the heather was banked above head height so it would be a while before we reached the good bits.






    Stopping for a brew break next to a small stream





    Finding a few trees to sling the hammocks to wasnt a problem, finding safe pitches without 100ft dead pines leaning over was another matter. We tried one pitch on a corner just where the valley narrows, after ten minutes of fighting the wind with the tarp I spat the dummy and declared we should move while we still had some daylight. We found a great patch in a secluded area right next to the river, nicely sheltered from the winds swinging around from the west.

    We spent the night eating and drinking coffee, with a few slurps of rum to keep the chill off. Pete had packed his hobo stove so we had something to keep us busy, dry firewood was easy to get and plenty of Scots pine meant it was bright and hot.


    Saturday 25th February

    Despite messing about with borrowed cord the night before Id managed to get the hammock setup nicely on the two Scots pines next to the water. I was up before Pete and was on my second brew before he appeared, hed slept like a log too he said.

    Morning Pete


    My new camo Superfly looking pretty **** sexy


    Looking north from the camp site


    Looking south from the camp site


    Some pics from around camp









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    Hanging in a lost world - pt 2

    Saturday PM we went for a bimble up the glen to explore past the tree line










    Heading back to the woods






    On the way back to camp we went for a look around in the woods further up the hill, I think this was the lost world place that Pete was talking about














    Saturday night was a repeat of Friday, eating, drinking and putting wood on the hobo, I think it was around 02:00 when we called it a night.


    Sunday 26th February

    After the late night I think it was gone 09:00 when I woke up, I cracked on the Jetboil while I went to water the plants, just timing it nicely on the way back to a rolling boil. I dug out my ipod and stuck on some tunes while I chilled out in the hammock with my brew, I dozed off again but only for ten minutes or so, the hot coffee had gone straight through me so I was sticking my boots on again fast.
    Pete got up half an hour or so after me, we had porridge for breakfast and cinnamon and caramel coffees. We lazily packed up and headed out of the woods, there was a bit of mizzle at first but we were soon into the sunshine, so much for extreme cold weather camping this year.

    Looking back to where we’d been, just dodging the worst of it by the looks.








    The intrepid explorers


    We spent the afternoon wandering back down the six miles or so back to the van, we did a shop run reloading with supplies and stuffing our faces with cakes and milk. From the new parking spot we headed for a path we’d not explored before, looking out for the perfect trees meant we ended up at a spot we’d seen on our last outing in the snow. It took some getting to but we just made it before it got too dark. The trees were huge, my 9ft straps and 14ft whoopies were only just long enough, my 30ft tarp ridgeline needed another 6ft at each end, nice hang spot though. Pete had dragged some coal up the hill to use in the hobo, but as soon as we stopped for the day the winds picked up bringing in the clouds and mizzle. We both called it a night around 22:30 I think, I was knackered but couldn’t get to sleep for ages, I was too hot in the winter quilts but too cold if I laid on top, I stuck the ipod on and listened to some War of the Worlds until I fell asleep.


    Monday 27th February

    It was still fairly wild when I woke up, not much chance of a doze with the tarp flapping and listening out for branches falling, I got up had a brew and took some snaps around camp










    Interesting cordage display


    We had Soreen for breaky and more caramel coffees, packed up and headed down the river and back to the van


















    Kit List:

    ULA Ohm 2.0 pack
    WB Custom Blackbird 1.1 SL
    Dynaglide Whoopies from Dutch
    DIY 9ft poly tree straps with Dutch Buckles
    Stein 1.8mm 30ft ridgeline with Dutch Hook and Flyz
    WB Camo Superfly
    UKHammocks Custom Winter top quilt with 100g overfill
    Speers Snugfit under quilt
    DIY sil-nylon weathershield
    Snugpak pillow
    10 x Alpkit Tikes

    Jetboil Sol Ti
    100g Primus gas cart
    Alpkit Lhoon (forgot this and had to carve a spoon on day two)
    MSR Ti mug
    Opinel No. 8
    DrinkSafe Supalite filter system
    1L Source Liquitainer
    750ml sports bottle
    Reflectix pouch cosy
    Brew kit


    Pacer Poles
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    iPod Touch
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    Ultrapod

    Army wool headover
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    Trekmates fleece beanie
    Berghaus Paclite trousers
    Rab Demand eVent smock
    Extremities Tuff Bags mitts
    Outdoor Research Transcendent down hoody
    Heat Holder socks for bed
    Alpkit Trekker socks
    Brasher socks
    Coolmax liner socks


    Wearing:
    Meraklon wristies
    Stussy cotton cap
    Paramo Velez smock
    Outdoor Research Crocodile gaiters
    Woolpower 200g leggings
    Woolpower 200g crew zip top
    Icebreaker Oasis 200 LS crew
    Haglofs Rugged Mountain pants
    PHD socks
    Coolmax liner socks
    Scarpa ZG10 with green Superfeet



    Adventure Medical .5 FAK + extra meds
    Small wash kit (deodorant, toothbrush/paste, mini pack towel, Dr Bronners and Gehwol foot balm)
    Poop pack
    Alp-poop DIY trowel
    Food for four days (mixture of bought and home dehydrated meals)
    Munchies
    GSi hip flask containing rum

    I’ll get a weight shortly when I pack for next weekend


    Cracking trip once again cheers Pete
    Last edited by Shewie; 03-01-2012 at 14:21.

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    That was an awesome trip report! You take wonderful photos and it makes me want to get out myself for a hang. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by myles to go View Post
    That was an awesome trip report! You take wonderful photos and it makes me want to get out myself for a hang. Thanks
    Thanks, glad you liked the piccies

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    What wonderful pictures!!! Just a gorgeous area, thanks for the report and sharing.

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    Very nice, thanks for posting, loved the pics! When the weather is warm, do you guys have to deal with any mosquitoes, ticks or snakes?
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DivaB View Post
    What wonderful pictures!!! Just a gorgeous area, thanks for the report and sharing.
    Thanks DivaB

    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    Very nice, thanks for posting, loved the pics! When the weather is warm, do you guys have to deal with any mosquitoes, ticks or snakes?
    Thanks Billy, yeah we get our share of nasty bitey things when the weather warms up.

    We have mossies, midges, horseflies, ticks and a few snakes, so something for everyone

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    really nice country and nice report. Thanks!

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    Just wow Shewie. Thanks for taking us along.
    Look up before you hook up!!
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    Great report and some very beautiful country ya'll crossed on your adventure. Thank you very muck for posting this, it has made the morning a little easier at work!!!!!
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