Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Denver, Co
Pleasant Valley, Colorado
Here's my first wilderness report. Went with three ground dwellers to Pleasant Valley in the Rockies, a bit above 9000 feet. Daytime temps were low 70's though it felt much warmer in the sun. Nighttime temps in the high 30's.
This site was a mere two miles down a moderate four wheel drive road.
I had two hammocks, the Travel Hammock Skeeter Beater and the Double Wide. We (I'm trying to convert the ground dwellers) used the Skeeter Beater for a 'social' hang near where we hung out-pun not intended. I used the Double Wide modded with straps from Strapworks, binners and a double ring setup for sleeping next to the wife to assist in dog duties. Worked like a charm.
I am new to this so I did the poor man's under insulation and as we were car camping I brought everything including the kitchen sink. Used a thermarest, mylar and synthetic comforter as well as a makeshift Garlington insulator that was a Coleman fleece blanket. Top quilt was a NF Big Kazoo. I was wearing tee-shirt, fleece vest, fleece shirt, sweat pants, fleece pants, regular socks and wool sleep socks.
Bed time: Waaaaay too warm. I was hot! Was about 50* and my wife gave me a kiss and her face was cold while mine was hot. I shed the fleece shirt and pushed the sleeping bag to my waist and watched the stars, even one shooting. Everything was so bright!
Woke the next morning to find I had missed breakfast. Back felt great and overall, the best night out EVER!! God bless us everyone.
Just want to take a minute to thank all you posters for educating me so I could get back out into the woods in comfort. I couldn't have done it without you. And by the way, I think we have some converts.
great trip report I only wish I was up there with you all for two reasons I like the cold weather now that it is so blessed hot out side and two I love the Rockies..
great pictures too by the way
"Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it"
CLARK HAMMOCK HOW TOO VIDEO
Oh yeah... it won't take long until you get a good idea what you do & don't need to take for insulation.
don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!