Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest
Hi from Mount Rainier
Long time hanger and long time lurker on the forum.
I've been a hanger for about 30 years now (I'm 55) and have been around the Mt. Rainier area since 1990. After 22 years of combing the mountain, I always find something new to explore. I currently own several Tom Claytor Mosquito Hammocks and a Clark NX 200 Cammo.
I have 2 sons and 2 son-in-laws and we've had a tradition since my youngest was 7 years old to go on several 6-10 day trek (bushwack) each year. We just completed our 23rd year doing this and had all my sons and son in laws together this past September. Our hikes are a bit different than I guess traditional hiking.
Our trips focus on going to the more unexplored areas of the lower 48. We usually spend a few months planning the trip. This is mandatory since we only take 1 day of food with us. Yes we live off what the land offers. My sons have grown up with this experience and the payoff has been tremendous in developing their self confidence and appreciation for the earth. Both are extremely successful in their private and business lives. My son-in laws have joined in recent years and I'm enjoying seeing the change in these men as they stretch themselves and realize what they are capable of. Hope to be doing this for at least another 20 years. I have to, since I now have 10 grand kids and 5 of them are boys!
Amazing that all of this started with that first night I slept in a hammock that I bought from Army Surplus in San Diego.
I'm trying to attach a pic of one of my camps at Frying Pan Lake south of Mount Rainier. Hope you enjoy!
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: In the woods outside of Westminster, SC
Hammock: DIY, HH Exped BE
Tarp: Tadpole,Noahs 12
Insulation: 20 Incubator,WL SS
Suspension: whoopies, MSH
Welcome from SC. Checked out your picture--good thing your hammock wasn't hanging there when that tree broke!
Keep movin', keep believing and enjoy the journey!
Hi Cifa and welcome to the forum. What a wonderful story, and such a noble gift to the next generations. They will be spinning the yarn to their great-grandsons, to be sure! Thanks for sharing.
nice tradition, welcome from east tenn.
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: BC, Canada
Hammock: WB Ridgerunner, dbl 1.0 BB, Bias WW
Tarp: HG Custom 4S
Insulation: WB Lynx, HG, MB
Suspension: DIY Whoopies
Looks like a great place to hang! Welcome from BC Canada!
I lived in Rainier, WA, and Yelm, WA for over 20 years.
I know the area well.
In some mysterious way woods have never
seemed to me to be static things.
In physical terms, I move through them;
yet in metaphysical ones,
they seem to move through me. -
GA --> ME '12
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Brisbane, Australia....and Northern Thailand.
Hammock: Madtree Tarseer
Tarp: Typhoon, DIY Cuben
Insulation: Tarseer all-in-one
Suspension: Slings & Rings
Traditional family get togethers....I like the sound of that.
Welcome from the Great Southern Land....Australia.
Don't worry about the leeches....just think of them as baby love bites !
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Yigo, Guam
Hammock: DL1.1XLC/ BIAS WWM/ DIY
Tarp: HG Cuben/ DIY
Absolutely beautiful picture Cifa. I haven't been to washington in years, and hope to get stationed around the whidbey area when I transfer out of Guam. (3 more years)
A warm welcome from the hot and humid island known by the locals here as Guahan. Not many here are as experienced as you. Maybe we can learn something from you...
"We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it."- G. W. Sears
My forum name is Fish<><; I'm in the navy; and I hate sleeping on the ground. If I didn't need ground to walk on or measure resistance to, I think I could happily give it up.