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    First Hammock Camping Experience!

    Well I just got back from 3 days and two nights backpacking and camping on the Chattooga River in SC near Ellicott Rock. Going in I had only been able to test hang one night in the back yard and the temps on my test were only around 40*, so since I was camping with others my fall back if I got cold was to go to ground and share someone's tent. Good news, even though temps Friday night hit the low 20's and Sat night mid 20's and a snow flurry around 3:30 am I was warm and dry. My set-up was as follows: Warbonnet BB, Speers WT (one end closed completely, the other partial for access), 1 GG evazote CCF 1/4" pad 40"w x 61" long, 2 - 10" wide strips of the same CCF to make the "shoulder area insulation a total 1/2" thick, 20" wide regular length Thermarest Prolite 4 on top of the CCF (between the 10" strips). I slept in my thermals and a wool stocking cap and used my 15* down bag as a quilt. As added insurance I used a hot water bottle in a neoprene cozy.

    When I first went to bed on Friday night I started to get cold on my back (infamous CBS) )but I got out after an hour and stuffed in two small 20" x 12" CCF pads (seat cushions) under my back and I was golden! Saturday morning all my ground dweller friends were talking about how cold theye had been that night and I think with my set-up I stayed the warmest even though I was hanging in the air. Saturday night several of the other guys were copying the hot water bottle technique.

    Daytime weather was great and I did some day hiking up to see Ellicott Rock. If you live in this area and have never camped or BP'd there the Chattooga River is beautiful. Its a national wild and senic designated river so there is no development and there are a number of trail routes that allow for either a short overnight in the woods or a longer through hike (part of the foothills trail runs through this area).

    Thanks to all you folks that helped me with advise either directly or while I was lurking around and reading older posts. It amazes me the different tone to the community here on this forum compared to the adversarial tone I've seen on some other backpacking boards (you know who I mean). Now I definately know that hammocking is for me and feel I have the basic skills to get out there more often. As good as this weekend went I look forward to streamlining my set-up so that I'm not so bulky, as I move towards spring that should be easy enough.

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    The Kool-Aid tastes good, doesn't it?

    Congrats on a successful hang. It's always nice when the first one actually goes according to plan.
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    Hey .... your work and study and questions paid off. Good to hear about a terrific first hang!!!
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    While not in any vindictive way, it is always sweet to be warm dry and comfortable when ground dwellers have a different experience. Makes them take notice.

    I am glad you were warm and cozy. Welcome to the light!! (and the kool-aid)
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    Kool aid, um good...

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    Were you able to make any converts from ground dwelling to hammock hangin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrprez View Post
    Were you able to make any converts from ground dwelling to hammock hangin?
    Actually one other guy came in and joined the group for just Sat night but he brought his hammock and his tent and then never even tried to sleep in it due to the cold. In his defense, he was also a hammock newbie but had not been to the Forum and had nothing but a canvas bridge type hamock and a single thermarest type pad.

    I think some of the other guys liked my setup but are leaning towards staying grounded so they can stay in the tent w/ their kids. We'll see though I'm sure I'll win over a couple at some point. Otherwise I'll just gloat about my superior comfort and continue to hear about their "sore shoulders & back"...

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    I got my kids interested in hammocks so I wouldn't have to stay in the tent with them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GvilleDave View Post
    ...............

    Daytime weather was great and I did some day hiking up to see Ellicott Rock. If you live in this area and have never camped or BP'd there the Chattooga River is beautiful. Its a national wild and senic designated river so there is no development and there are a number of trail routes that allow for either a short overnight in the woods or a longer through hike (part of the foothills trail runs through this area). ...............
    Glad you had such a great success! I rafted the Chattooga once about 20 years ago. Got dumped out of the raft and sucked under water for a minute or so. When I came up I thought I saw a Hillbilly kid with a banjo holding it out to me, turned out to be one of my partners in the boat holding a paddle out for me to grab. ( just being silly about the kid with the banjo. But I did keep hearing banjo music! )

    But it is beautiful country, I hope I get back there some day.
    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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    Awesome Dave great first trip! Depending on how they sleep you can get a kid in a hammock with you. I did a trip with my 8 yr old that went well. Hard to convince a ground dweller that though. It is hard to let of that life. Keep up the good hanging!

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