Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Elko, NV
Hammock: Switchback 1.1 dbl, LO, Danger Bird
Insulation: AHE FT & Leighlo's
Suspension: Whoopies & Straps
Overnighter to Hidden Lakes
Last Saturday I hiked into Hidden Lakes in the Ruby Mountains for an overnight stay. It had snowed the day before, but I thought I would encounter a couple of inches that would be melted by the end of the day. Much to my suprise there was 8 to 10 inches at the lake (9,500 ft.) and no sign of it going away.
I haven't winter camped in my hammock yet so this was the test run. Most people would want to try this closer to home or a vehicle, but I figured I was only in 4.5 miles and I could walk out if necessary. I had my Flame thrower and Jerry Chair UQ and my leighlo's TQ. I wore my medium weight long underwear, wool socks, a hat and a fleece pull over. The only thing that got cold was my feet. I needed a little more than my Therm-A-Rest Lite Seat under my feet. The wind didn't blow too hard which helped.
The night was clear and cool (21*F) with a big bright moon. With all the snow stuck to the trees it was beautiful. I wished I had taken the time to take a picture. I was too warm in my hammock to get up and get my camera. I was just laying there listening to the coyotes until I fell asleep.
I have a few pictures, but I wished I would have taken more. I need to get a better foot pad and try this again. I will experiment in colder weather closer to home to make sure it's going to work.
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Upper Black Eddy, PA
Hammock: warbonnet BB 1.1 single layer
Tarp: Zpacks cuben fiber
Insulation: cottage down
Suspension: whoopie, Flyz, CRL
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Try hanging your jacket or vest (if you have them in your kit) around your foot-end. Works wonders.
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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SW Idaho
Hammock: Black Bird 1.1 Dbl
Tarp: AHE Shangi La
Insulation: KAQ Prototype
Suspension: AHE Whoopie Slings
Outstanding KSC! Looks like you got more snow than we did up here.
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At 21į and all that got cold was your feet then all you need is a little tweeking. Great pictures of the wind blown snow and thanks for the trip report.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - E. B. White (1899 - 1985)
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: West Kootenay, BC
Hammock: NX-150 TX-150
Insulation: Z-Liner & DIY Pads
Most excellent . . .
. . . just lookin' at your photos made me feel 20 years younger.
Not sure why.
Thanks for posting.
It is encouraging.
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Australia, Brisbane, Queensland
Hammock: WarBonnet Blackbird 1.1
Tarp: WarBonnet Edge
Insulation: 4 JRB quilts.
Suspension: Home made job.
Hey there KSC,
I donít blame you one little bit for not wanting to get out of your hammock to get the camera. I have trouble doing that when itís 50F! I wouldnít have gotten out of the car! lol Itís amazing how the trees can have all that ice on them and not fall over. VERY nice photos! The deep blue sky with the white hill is a great mix.
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