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    First Solo Hang on the Chattooga

    Although the location of my site at the Hot Springs, NC, hang probably qualified as a solo hang, I decided that I wanted to do a solo hang at Burrell's Ford Campground on the Chattooga river. I can't hike like some of you can, so walking in to the campground was just the right amount of walk for me with a pack. On a Thursday night the place was empty. I did hear evidence of people a ways off, but only saw one person go by. There was supposed to be an 80% chance of rain but I figured since I have a circus tent-sized tarp I would be O.K. There was a nice hanging spot right below me on the bank of the river but I was afraid the water would rise if we had heavy rains, so I set up higher.

    I've definately got to get a sling shot to be able to hang my food. It took 4 tries to get my rope up and over! My Sawyer Sqeeze set up as an in-line filter worked perfectly. It filtered amazingly fast. No bear or critter encounters.

    I did get cold at about 4:00a.m. and I shouldn't have. With the top and bottom quilts I should have been fine, plus I was sleeping in fleece top and bottoms. It wasn't a cold butt kind of thing, just an all over type of chill. I wish I knew what the low was that night, but my thermomator is currently misplaced.

    Anyway, I had a wonderfully relaxing night, lulled to sleep by the river. The picture isn't great, but, as you say, "pics or it didn't happen."

    Keep movin', keep believing and enjoy the journey!

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    sounds like a great trip! i've been meaning to do some research on places in the area for great solo trips (well..for me and my dog). maybe i'll check out Burrells Ford!

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    Looks like you've scoped out the pre-halloween spot. Do they have any sites there with electricity? That area is beautiful. I kayaked parts of that river with some friends on a COLD new years day many moons ago and would love to get back to it to enjoy it- off duty this time. Going there for drownings is really a bummer and should be avoided unless you have to.
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    Sounds like a peaceful trip. Only 4 tries with the bear bag? I'd better start practicing!

    That is a nice sized tarp. Sometimes I think it's just our metabolism on a given day that makes us cold (or hot). Glad you had fun!
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    Gotta love the sound of the rain on a tarp! Good that you got out!
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    Good for you! Always a fine thing to get some "You" time alone in the pineys.
    Hey...have you thought about an Ursack http://ursack.com for food. No throwing. just tie it off on a tree and good-night Boo-Boo.
    As to the chill....sometimes that just seems to happen around that time of morn'. All the calories have been burned off and it is the chilliest time fro around 4 to 6.
    when I get up to pee in the wee hours I tend to slip on an extra shirt or even pants so as to ward of the creeping-chill. Sometimes it happens...sometimes not. Are you wearing a hat? That surely helps.
    Carry forth....
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    Resqsarge03, there is no electricity that I know of there. I went south from the parking lot. The other Chattooga hangs have been north and are a little further. I need to go back out and check out that area.

    Shug, no hat--next time!. I had a light-weight windshield reflector I was using on the ground to lay things on which I could have put in the hammock but it was dirty and I didn't want to deal with it at 3:00a.m. I guess I wasn't cold enough.

    This is where I was:
    Keep movin', keep believing and enjoy the journey!

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    Glad you had a good time. I'm looking forward to the group hang.
    Everyone ought to believe in something....I believe I'll go set up the hammock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannypat View Post
    This is where I was:
    Hey GrannyPat, I just got that app. I see you are making good use of it!
    I might upgrade to the full SpyGlass version because it sounds pretty geeky and that sounds like me
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    Quote Originally Posted by grannypat View Post
    Although the location of my site at the Hot Springs, NC, hang probably qualified as a solo hang, I decided that I wanted to do a solo hang at Burrell's Ford Campground on the Chattooga river. I can't hike like some of you can, so walking in to the campground was just the right amount of walk for me with a pack. On a Thursday night the place was empty. I did hear evidence of people a ways off, but only saw one person go by. There was supposed to be an 80% chance of rain but I figured since I have a circus tent-sized tarp I would be O.K. There was a nice hanging spot right below me on the bank of the river but I was afraid the water would rise if we had heavy rains, so I set up higher.

    I've definately got to get a sling shot to be able to hang my food. It took 4 tries to get my rope up and over! My Sawyer Sqeeze set up as an in-line filter worked perfectly. It filtered amazingly fast. No bear or critter encounters.

    I did get cold at about 4:00a.m. and I shouldn't have. With the top and bottom quilts I should have been fine, plus I was sleeping in fleece top and bottoms. It wasn't a cold butt kind of thing, just an all over type of chill. I wish I knew what the low was that night, but my thermomator is currently misplaced.

    Anyway, I had a wonderfully relaxing night, lulled to sleep by the river. The picture isn't great, but, as you say, "pics or it didn't happen."

    GP, aren't you glad I wasn't driving. NO telling where you might have ended up!!!
    Cheers and glad you had a great trip.
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