Re: Trip to Shining Rock
- I was recently up at SR myself. My fav place to go. I use a regular
hammock with a Speer Pea Pod. Had my wife sew 2 velcro strips length
wise inside the Pod for a down quilt to stay in place for winter.
That setup with a top quilt will keep me snug with a single layer of
clothing. With the way winter weather is on the Rock, I also carry a
blue foam pad cut to form for the inside if needed, or.. then I could
put the setup on the ground along with my 8X10 for those extreme
artic express surprises up there. Gotta love it!
--- In email@example.com, "Steve" <joiners@b...> wrote:
> Hi, all. I came back from a trip to Shining Rock with my 14 yo son
> and some friends - have posted a few pics in the 'Steve' folder. I
> have a few observations and a couple of questions....
> We started at Daniel Boon Scout Camp on the northwest corner of the
> wilderness area, hiked ~6 miles up ~2,600 feet to Shining Rock
> Took about 4 hours. Got there just at dusk. Set up camp in a
> meadow at the top of Shining Rock mtn. Evidently one of several
> terraces put on the top of the mtn as a part of logging operations
> hundred years ago. Beautiful view of Cold Mtn as the sun was
> setting... We could have camped at a more sheltered area off the
> ridge, but chose to stay on top of the mtn in the meadow because of
> the view....
> My son and I both hung HH - he has the coccoon, i have the asym bp
> ultralite. We used a target blue pad and thermarest 3/4 pads for
> padding. I used my homemade quilt and silk liner, my son used his
> 20 degree bag as a quilt. We both had on several layers of
> clothing. We generally stayed warm - temps Sat am were in the low
> 20's, wind gusted to 20 or 30 mph during the night - stronger in
> morning after daybreak. I've been watching the discussions about
> the underquilts with a lot of interest - may try to tackle making a
> couple this winter.... I had over 2 lbs of padding in my pack
> weight of ~25 for the 3 day weekend) - could probably take out over
> a pound with a down underquilt... The JRB product looks great -
> a little out of my price range right now...
> We didn't hang the tarp from a separate ridgeline as many of you
> have suggested. When we set up Fri evening, there was no wind, so
> didn't worry about it. The wind picked up during the night, and I
> regretted it. My tarp flapping kept me awake some - but not enough
> to encourage me to get up in the cold and fiddle with it! I had
> brought rope to run a separate ridgeline for it, and regretted not
> doing so.... Even with the tarp flapping, I slept well - going
> at about 10, staying in bed until 9, and woke with no pressure
> points, etc - SOP for hammock sleeping!
> Weather turned on us Saturday. Late in the week, rain had been
> taken out of the forecast, and I took 2 8x10 tarps out of our
> packs. NOAA weather told us Sat am that a good bit of rain was
> headed our way... I regretted taking out the tarps.. We hiked
> Cold Mtn, over Staircase mtn, across The Narrows, and down to Deep
> Gap. Deep Gap put us at the base of Cold Mtn, about 3 miles and
> ft from where we planned to camp. We were also at the trailhead to
> Dan Boone Camp... Group decided that we'd prefer to hike in the
> rain down to the truck (temps were in the 30's) rather than up the
> mtn to set up camp in the rain... We hiked the 2,600 ft and 5 or 6
> miles down to the truck in drizzle for an hour or so, and heavy
> for an hour or so...
> My takeaways / questions:
> 1) we were able to stay warm in rather extreme conditions with
> quilts, padding (and 'toe warmers' between a couple of layers of
> socks!), and several layers of clothing.
> 2) I have yet to be able to tighten the tarp on the HH while using
> the standard setup, with the tarp attached to the HH ridgeline. Am
> I doing something wrong here? Does everyone use a separate
> ridgeline for the kind of conditions we had?
> 3) If we had decided to camp on Sat night on the top of Cold Mtn
> without a larger tarp, I think we'd have been in trouble. Temps in
> the low 30's, wind gusting to 30+ mph, and heavy rain. While we
> would have been in a more sheltered campsite, I don't think the
> standard HH tarp would have kept us dry, even with a separate
> ridgeline..... Does anyone have experience otherwise?