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4282[Hammock Camping] Re: Ed's Winter Hammock Hike

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  • Dave Womble
    Jan 2, 2004
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      Ed & All,

      I finally got around to putting some info together with my trip
      photos. They can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/29n86 .

      Youngblood

      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Ed Speer" <info@s...> wrote:
      > Happy New Year all!
      >
      > My 85 mi hike on the Benton MacKaye Trail went very well.
      Youngblood and I
      > left the north trailhead in TN on 23 Dec and reached the southern
      trailhead
      > on Springer Mtn, GA 30 Dec. We skipped some of the road walks, but
      the rest
      > of the trail is very enjoyable with high mountain ridges and
      riverside
      > traverses. The weather was almost perfect with cold nights and
      cool days
      > (18-55F). Rain fell only twice--both times at night after we had
      already
      > set up camp. Some cold wind above 3,000' provided a real test. In
      fact, we
      > were able to test our stay-warm hammock gear in varying conditions
      and
      > elevations. A more detailed trip report will be in the January
      Hammock
      > Camping newsletter (due soon!).
      >
      > Youngblood certainly won the smallest backpack prize and put me to
      shame,
      > but we were both carrying extra gear for the actual field testing.
      Dave's
      > "Winter Tarp" was also a clear winner in the cold wind. However,
      we both
      > stayed warm--Dave with his multiple closed-cell foam pads and me
      with my
      > down PeaPods and Top Blankets.
      >
      > The highlight of the trip was certainly the hiker gathering atop
      Springer
      > Mtn on New Year's Eve! We had about 25 hikers, including about 5
      > southbounders who were finishing their AT thru hike! Everyone
      enjoyed the
      > unseasonably warm temps and clear sky. Good food and drink were
      enjoyed by
      > all. The sunset on NYE and sunrise on NYD were absolutly awesome--
      a fitting
      > way to end one year and start another one! Karen and I hammocked
      without
      > tarps and watched the moon and stars for hours and then watched
      with awe as
      > the sun slowly rose above the mountain ridge to the east! Risk
      drove from
      > Ohio and also set up his hammock near the summit--thanks for
      showing me all
      > of your home-made gear Risk; very well done.
      >
      > For those who missed this gathering--you'll not have another chance
      until
      > next year. Plan now to attend!
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