4282[Hammock Camping] Re: Ed's Winter Hammock Hike
- Jan 2, 2004Ed & All,
I finally got around to putting some info together with my trip
photos. They can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/29n86 .
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "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
> on Springer Mtn, GA 30 Dec. We skipped some of the road walks, but
> of the trail is very enjoyable with high mountain ridges and
> traverses. The weather was almost perfect with cold nights and
> (18-55F). Rain fell only twice--both times at night after we had
> set up camp. Some cold wind above 3,000' provided a real test. In
> were able to test our stay-warm hammock gear in varying conditions
> elevations. A more detailed trip report will be in the January
> Camping newsletter (due soon!).
> Youngblood certainly won the smallest backpack prize and put me to
> but we were both carrying extra gear for the actual field testing.
> "Winter Tarp" was also a clear winner in the cold wind. However,
> stayed warm--Dave with his multiple closed-cell foam pads and me
> down PeaPods and Top Blankets.
> The highlight of the trip was certainly the hiker gathering atop
> Mtn on New Year's Eve! We had about 25 hikers, including about 5
> southbounders who were finishing their AT thru hike! Everyone
> unseasonably warm temps and clear sky. Good food and drink were
> all. The sunset on NYE and sunrise on NYD were absolutly awesome--
> way to end one year and start another one! Karen and I hammocked
> 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
> 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
> next year. Plan now to attend!
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