15571YAHHO on the PCT
- Aug 29, 2006Just got back from a 5-day trip on the PCT with my 25 year-old son
(75 miles, Stevens to Snoqualmie passes, in WA state). Got to test
using my HH ULBA using the double-ring system which I continue to
like. Since we were a blended camp system--he used my tarp
tent--finding good sites for both tent and hammock meant that some
tree configurations were not optimal. Which made the webbing to
double-rings tie-up considerably more convenient than tying the loop
knots at trees that were difficult to sidle up to.
We met another pair of hikers while in the Alpine Lakes area with whom
we swapped gear ideas. They were quite interested in the hammock so I
gave a demo. Of course, at that elevation, there weren't many suitable
trees and I had to wrap my webbing through a tangle of branches. Then,
ahem, ... I blew the demo--got one of the straps twisted and it failed
when he got in! Oh, well, once I got the webbing straightened out, and
he got the real test, we have another convert!
My sleep system is a Big Agnes bag in which I slide a 3/4 Ridge Rest.
Has worked fine for me for several years, but below 40 F, it's on the
edge of comfort. The insulation from the RR was just fine, but the
cold spots beyond the width of the pad were just not manageable. Since
adding SPE style wings won't work with the pad sleeve, I am definitely
going to reconsider the idea of adding a bottom with insulation.
Without shelling out many $$$, what would you recommend as a retrofit
to this system?
PCT = Pacific Crest Trail
YAHHO = Yet Another Hennessy Hammock Outing
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