Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Trip Report & pics
We just got back from 5 days in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness and my first attempt at using a hammock. Weather was perfect, highs in the high 60's and lows in the mid 30's. I used my Hennessy Expedition Assym with a 2qzq zipper mod and a crowsnest 3/4 length underquilt. I used my Marmot Never Winter 30 degree bag as a top quilt. I forgot to bring a short pad for my footbox so I just stuffed my down jacket in the bottom and rested my feet on top of it.
We car camped the first night at Trapper Springs Campground and I used an Eno Doublenest with the Crowsnest and it worked great. Our first night backpacking we stayed at Cliff Lake. I set up my Hennessy hammock in about the only decent spot with a view of the lake. It was a little short but and I couldn't get a full stretch but it was good enough.
We hiked up to Island Lake. It was beautiful but it was too cold and windy so we headed back down to Dinkey Lake #2 and set up camp.
Dinkey Lake #2 camp
I used my DIY Bushbuddy stove and it worked surprisingly well.
In the morning the fog moved in over the lake and brought a chill to us but I was plenty warm with my down jacket on.
Breakfast was Mountain House Eggs with peppers and bacon with a cup of coffee that I brewed on my DIY Atomic Stove.
We went on a 6 mile day hike around Dinkey Lake #1, Mystery Lake, Swede Lake and South Lake before heading back to camp.
We made a pretty good fire and told stories around the campfire.
I took a ton of photos, over 190 in all. I uploaded them to a slideshow. You can check them out if you've got the time.
We had a great time and I've never slept better on a backpack trip before. I think the tent will be left at home from now on. I think I've convinced a few ground dwellers too.
I shot over 2 hours of video and I'll put together a short video when all my gear is cleaned up and put away.
I'll also put together an audio podcast of our adventure at www.anthonysaudiojournal.com in a few weeks.
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Fresno CA, Gateway to Sierras
Hammock: Switch back 1.9
Tarp: Lawson HexaLite
Insulation: 3-Season Incubator
Suspension: whoppie slings
Dinky lakes, one of my all time favorite areas. I,m thinking of going back up in October.
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Beautiful pictures, looking forward to the video.
What is that yellow-ish stuff around your pot in your alcohol stove setup?
Liked the DIY bushbuddy too.
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Join Date: Dec 2009
Hammock: Darien UL
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Great report and pic's thanks for sharing!
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I am thrilled you had a successful hammock trip!!!!!!
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Join Date: Apr 2009
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Great report looks like fun.
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Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: North Georgia
Hammock: Clark North American
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Aahh...Sunday morning coffee and a great trip report with pics! Thanks
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Join Date: Jun 2010
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Anthony! Great trip report. And thanks for the pics - look forward to the audio journal Looks like your crew had fun - someone lost a llama up there?! :0 LOL, one might expect to see a bear in the sierras, but can you imagine waking up to a llama peering into your hammock
And the giant sequoias are amazing - you'd need some pretty big tree huggers!
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