Testing new WBBB, OES Tarp and crowsnest in the woods this weekend
Boys and girls,
a number of years ago I had bought a Hennessy Hammock and was quite happy with it on many trips. Then, I discovered this great forum and the problems began ...
All at once I noticed what other toys and goodies there are and being the geardo that I am of course I needed them all! So, I sold my trusted HH to a good friend - with a small tear in the eye though - and was then free for "new objective purchase decisions".
So, on I went and ordered
Now, you will note I wrote "ordered" as opposed to "bought": living in Germany, to get all gear over here required considerable effort on all shippers sides but even more considerable patience on my side. Finally and after some lengthy "discussions" with ever so helpful and flexible customs officials, all goodies are with me now.
Last weekend, the long awaited day of trial came, so on I went: I live on the very "outer rim" of the suburbs of Hamburg in Northern Germany, so there are a lots of woods and public forests around. Matter of fact it only took me a couple of minutes walk from my home to the "proving grounds".
And here are the candidates of today's outing: Top row is my BCB cooker kit with a collapsible hobo stove (more later) and my Swedish messtin. Left is the tarp in its silnylon bag, center is the blackbird and on the right the incubator. All in neat little packs!
Then it was time to set things up and logically the tarp came first. Now, I must say, the tarp is every bit as well made as all others users claim it to be and is really very light. What it is not at all is stealthy, in the fall you can well use it as a beacon for the eventual rescuers . Coyote brown or olive drab - at least for me - would be a real upgrade, but the quality and workmanship are really top notch, thanks Brian!
Then came the hammock and - again - it was a pleasure to setup and look at. CB fits the woods really well and the whole things is just as comfortable as it gets. Had no problems feeling right at home the first time in. Same thing here, thanks a lot, Brandon! This pic is maybe little close up, but it shows the details well.
Next fit was the underquilt: I know it's been said before but the blackbird and the incubator are a perfect match. Again, a close up showing the details:
ok, time for a test: As you can see from the relaxed smile, it was very, very comfortable. And one word for all those doubting the effect of an underquilt: It was about 15°F that day and my bag felt toasty warm but not stuffy at all after a couple of minutes. Perfect warmth! Adam, thanks for a job well done!
... and here's one from the other side:
Once the whole thing was set up, I wanted to shoot a nice stil. And by the way: When you look closely you'll see the tieouts I had Brian put on.
Now, you might have noticed I'm a little bit biased towards Coyote Brown, I even got my Hungarian Magyar Viszla lady Aska in that tone to accompany me on all hunting and other outdoor trips.
Now, it was time for a little coffee in woods, so out comes the kitchen...
That stove is the collapsible hobo stove I mentioned earlier. Bought it a couple of years ago from the maker in Switzerland, and when you read that you'll have a fair idea of its cost . Anyhow, it's topnotch stuff, check out his webpage if you're interested: www.kuenzi.com
a couple of minutes later, cooking away merrily
... is it done yet?
Ahhh! None of the nasty instant stuff, nothing beats strong good old fashioned filter coffee for a break!
Summary: Not a very factual but a very emotional review! I'm very happy with my different new purchases and I would like to thank the HF and all its active members for guiding me!
Dry wood, plenty water and happy trails to you all!
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Tarp: Olive Superfly
Insulation: Incubat Dempsey TQ
Suspension: Stock Webbing
Those are some great photos!! It really made me feel like I was there with you.
That's some great gear you got, and looks like a great weekend!
ETA: Stormcrow really *Stuffs* that incubator in the camo sack, doesn't he?
Sieht aus wie ein mächtiger schönen Tages in den Wald.
Looks like a mighty fine day in the woods.
You seem good to go hammock warmth wise.
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I Hope Heaven has a Bakery!!!!
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Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: corvallis, oregon
awesome. just awesome
3 great cottages = one pretty setup.
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Sandy, Utah
Hammock: Trek Light double
Tarp: Wilderness Logics
Suspension: webbing & CB
Great report & pictures. I have the MacCat deluxe tarp and a WBBB on order. Your pictures of how well that Incubator fits on the Blackbird have me thinking. Hmmmmm.
Darn it, I need to stop reading HF. It's getting me into trouble.
Thanks for posting and your dog is a beauty. Looks like she's a great camping & hiking partner.
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southeastern Michigan
Hammock: Warbonnet Blackbird 1.1 dbl layer.
Tarp: WB Big Mamajamba
Insulation: Crowsnest & Burrow
Suspension: AHE Whoopie Slings
Very cool .. makes me want to get out ..."To the Woods" ....
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks". John Muir.
Great gear report and pics, Looks like nice woods there. Happy trails.
" The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it."
“The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.” ~Wayne Dyer
I'm getting all choked up here.
"If a man speaks in the woods, and there is no woman there to hear, is he still wrong?"
Also heading out this weekend
I am also heading out this weekend, and will be hammocking for the first time other than behind the cabin I live in. My daughter and I will be going to Cone Peak, described here:
"Cone Peak is the most spectacular mountain on the Big Sur coast of California. It is the second highest mountain (Junipero Serra Peak is higher) in the Santa Lucia Range. It has a dramatic setting less than 3 miles as crow flies from the Pacific Ocean, its average gradient from sea level to the summit is about 33%, which is steeper on average than the gradient from Owens Valley to Mount Whitney.
Cone Peak is a mountain of marble that has been sculpted by erosion to its present steepness. The three canyons of Limekiln Creek which flows from Cone Peak are spectacularly deep, with dense stands of coast redwoods . Cone Peak is not frequently climbed because of the remoteness of its trailhead, however, there is a trail that goes to the summit, and a fire lookout hut on the top."
We will try out a Speer Hammock ( given to me for free) and a WBBB 1.0 Dbl, OES Standard, BigMamaJamba, Yeti, Nunatak, and make do with a Montbell Sleeping bag and some pads. Two nights. Our base weight should be around 14 lbs, which isn't bad at all.
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Across from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge
Hammock: WBBB DL 1.0 / WBRR DL
Suspension: stock webbing
I love your setup ! I too have the wbbb in coyote brown and have a 3 season burrow coming. Now I just need/want the incubator in brown. Enjoy !
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