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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post

    ...until about 9:30PM when rhinoman came walking into camp.

    But that's their story and I'll let them tell it.
    I do want to say big props to RkyMtnChkwgn for getting rhinoman safely to camp.
    Yup...and what a story it is! The guy with the Dodge 4x4 ensuring everyone no one would get stuck...GOT STUCK!

    I got a late start and the darkness fell on the way up the hill. It was my first venture to this particular camp ground so I wasn't sure where to turn. Once the correct direction was determined the snow drift and blizzard-like conditions stopped me in my tracks. I figured I would be OK (I have a Dodge 4x4!) but I thought it best to go in on foot to confirm my decision. I walked in, saw the camp and headed back to the truck to drive in.

    Well...this is where things got bad. After several back-and-forth attempts to navigate the drift I was STUCK! I quickly determined that my vacuum-acutated hubs weren't "actuating"...so...no 4x4! I suspect the mechanic forgot to reconnect them after installing a new clutch (determined on the way out Sunday). RkyMtnChkwgn showed up a short time later with his Ford and we inched (foot'd?) our way through the drift. After nearly an hour of dig-pull-get stuck-rinse-repeat I finally made it to the camp ground. (My sincerest Thanks to RkyMtnChkwgn for his assistance).

    OK...time to setup in the dark (1st time!). Remember the blizzard-like conditions I mentioned? It added to the "degree-of-difficulty." Hammock, UQ, and TQ went up w/o much trouble and I settled for a wind-break tarp configuration using a couple of pieces of wood and an ammo box filled with tire chains (did I mention it was windy?). My setup was rushed and I ended up back in the cab of the truck around 3am. My wind-break setup just wasn't "cutting it" and I couldn't warm up. I spent the rest of the time trying to fit my 6'2" frame in the front seat of my truck....at least it was out of the wind.

    After our walk-around Saturday morning I moved the head end of my setup to another tree to get a better angle and implemented some UQ adjustments recommended by the group. Saturday night was much warmer with only my feet getting cold (need some of those hand-warmers and a pair of down booties!).

    The trip out Sunday morning was uneventful. I'd chained up the rear axle on the way in Friday night and with the amount of traffic Saturday the drift wasn't a problem. I stopped on hard ground just past the drift, removed the chains and headed down the hill. A quick stop for a Sonic breakfast burrito in Conifer completed the trip.

    It was a great trip and it was a pleasure meeting everyone and putting names to faces. Looking forward to the next one! I didn't take a single picture but hope others will post theirs.

    Dave
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    I really like those hammock socks where did you get them?

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    I made my hammock sock. Papa Smurf makes them, too.

    I didn't mention my stove stuff...first use of my JetBoil Sol, which is optimized for cold weather. I used it right around 20F and it boiled the water quickly. Didn't time it but it was fast. Actually...the first time I forgot it had hot chocolate in it and it boiled over! First time it's been used and it already looks like a grizzled veteran! The new improvements of the Sol over the original JetBoil are nice...longer gas knob, boil indicator on the neoprene sleeve, spoon-holder on the sleeve, etc. Good stove, IMO.

    I'll have more info about the Handy Hammock once I get with the manufacturer and figure out whether it was user error...
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    i really like the camo one. Do you have plans or do you sell them?

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    I'd also heard that Brandon (WarBonnet) sells them....I'm looking into getting one as well after the positive reports.

    http://www.warbonnetoutdoors.com/blackbirds.php
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    Awesome thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinoman View Post
    Yup...and what a story it is! The guy with the Dodge 4x4 ensuring everyone no one would get stuck...GOT STUCK!
    Dave
    Hi Dave, thanks for the great report.
    I did want to thank you for the fireside lesson in birdnest flint and steel fire starting demo
    and I now know how to make char cloth the correct way.
    Looking forward to hanging with you again. Would you post a link to your bands music?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpine View Post
    I really like those hammock socks where did you get them?
    Hi Alpine,
    Except for Jeff's DIY sock I believe all the socks were warbonnet's.
    TR42 even used one on his snipe 11' hammock.
    O&B
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post
    Would you post a link to your bands music?
    Sure thing:

    http://UnionGray.com
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    Great pics OnB. Thanks. I'm surprised how warm it was for 10,000'. We've had a real warm trend thru here for over a week or two now. Didn't even get below freezing last night.

    bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbiraman View Post
    Great pics OnB. Thanks. I'm surprised how warm it was for 10,000'. We've had a real warm trend thru here for over a week or two now. Didn't even get below freezing last night.

    bill
    Hi Bill thanks glad you liked them.
    I am bummed my camera acted up. I'm hoping some of the new guys that came out will post up some of the picts they took.
    We are missing the group picts, day hike to the South Park overlook, each member at their hammock, rhinoman's bushcraft fire building demo.

    It has been another warm winter here with little snow.
    If we don't get some heavy spring snows I expect many forest fires
    and fire bands for this year just like last.
    O&B
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