For our Klondike, it got down below 0°. 150 scouts and leaders, Snow
caves and other innovative shelters, but no hammocks. (I chickened
out). Four kids were taken home during the night. I blame the leaders
for not preparing their kids for the experience.
Zip me an Email off line and I'll show pictures and our games.
Ralph in Pocatello.
On Tue, 1 Feb 2005 23:17:13 -0500, Steve Joiner <joiners@...> wrote:
> Funny story Greg! Here in the south, our goal is to give the scouts a
> 'polar bear' experience - one where the temps never go over 32 degrees in a
> 24 hr period - not much opp'ty for a Klondike. We were on top of Shining
> Rock Mtn 2 weekends ago. Somewhere south of 0 Sun morning, w/ ~30+mph
> wind...brrrr! Unfortunately, I haven't figured out my hammock for under 10
> degrees or so - so left it home. My dog and I spent the night in a BD
> Betamid. Everyone did fine.... except one boy (17 yo Eagle Scout!), who for
> some reason, didn't put on gloves Sun morning while packing up. We (the
> adults) didn't really pay attention - were more concerned about the 13 yo on
> his 1st backpacking trip, and getting our own gear packed up so we could
> start walking and warm up. By the time we got started on the trail, we
> realized he had frostbitten fingers. He was proudly displaying his black
> fingers last night at the troop meeting - four frostbitten fingers (back to
> the first knuckle) on his right hand!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: gregg [mailto:gspoerin@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 10:37 PM
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> Subject: [Hammock Camping] Klondike
> This past weekend, My son's troop went on the district Klondike Camporee.
> Now as a bit of background, since I have gotten into hammocks, the kids have
> been used to seeing me or my son in any number of different hammocks, from a
> Hennessy to homemade Speers to various lightweight double bottom hammocks
> ala Rick.
> Several other troop members, both adults and kids have bought or made
> hammocks after seeing ours.
> I was surprised to have one of the boys come up to me with a Hennessy, a big
> smile on his face, saying it was a Christmas present. "I'm gonna sleep in it
> tonight!" He said.
> Now we were standing in about a foot of snow, temps were hovering about 23*
> and it was just beginning to drop for the night. I started in with my best
> leader speech about how cold weather hammocking is a different animal
> altogether, how the air under the hammock would chill him much more than
> sleeping on the snow with a pad, and maybe it would be best to try the
> hammock out in the spring.
> He smiled and said for me not to worry, he had a pad, and was ready for the
> I again gave my speech, this time emphasizing the relative inefficiency of a
> single pad at temps under 20 without additional measures. He was undaunted.
> "Look at my pad", he said.
> This kid had brought a pad that was gargantuan by hammock standards- about
> 4" thick, maybe 25x 72", with a cloth cover on it. It was a pad from his
> patio furniture.
> I relented, and told him to go for it.
> A minute later he discovered that he had forgotten his tree huggers........