3/31/2012

Week 14

Weather: Temps ranging 30-35 degrees, winds between 8-12 mph, no precipitation

Gear:  Eno Hammock, ENO Dryfly, DIY Suspension, Snugpak travelpak extreme sleeping bag, Ridgeline/ various attachments, DIY Underquilt

Comments: Yes, I am a day early on my post. I had to sleep out last night instead of tonight because we are leaving very early in the morning tomorrow for a trip to South Dakota. It's spring break, and we're doing a 4 day three night trip to SD. We'll be hiking the Badlands (yes, my hammock is coming along) and visiting Mount Rushmore.
So anyways, about last night. Again, I'm short on what to talk about. I've found my tarp is getting loose in when its windy, and therefore i wake up to it flapping around. Any suggestions? Also, I'm finding that my legs are getting cold even though my underquilt is full length. Otherwise, It was a beautiful night out.
Like I said last week, I am going to start reviewing some of my gear for you all. I have my channel up-
http://www.youtube.com/user/TrekHammocks?feature=mhee and hope to do my first review later this evening. Stay tuned!

3/25/2012

Week 13

Weather: Temps 50-60 degrees, winds around 10 mph, no precipitation

Gear: ENO Hammock, ENO DryFly Tarp, Snugpak travelpak sleeping bag, DIY Suspension

Comments: Well, like last week, I'm kind of stuck on what to talk about. Now that I've had some experience, I've pretty much perfected my hang style. I guess I owe a shout-out to Les Rust of hammockforums.net for the Whoopie slings I'm now using, they are working really well. If anyone reading my blog doesn't use a hammock, but is interested in trying one, you will find every thing you need and more at www.hammockforums.net
I guess one thing that i learned last night was to not setup your hammock to tight. I hung from some different trees (yes, still stuck in my backyard) and accidentally set it up way to tight. I was to lazy to get up and adjust it though, so I just had a uncomfortable night with lots of pressure on my head.
Now that I've spent 13 weeks testing my gear, I'm planning to do some YouTube reviews. I will update you guys as soon as I get some reviews on my channel.

3/18/2012

Week 12

Weather: temps 60-65 degrees, winds around 10 mph, no percipitation.

Gear: Eno Hammock, ENO Dryfly, DIY Suspension, Snugpak travelpak extreme sleeping bag, Ridgeline/ various attachments.

Comments:  I am now back on my normal saturday night schedule, and it was very nice last night. it was almost a miror image of Friday night, so I don't have much to talk about.

The problem with the warm temperatures is bugs. They came out early yesterday morning, tiny little baby mosquitos. I recently bought a coleman bugnet to use while I'm at summer camp this summer ( I'll be spending three weeks up at Tomahawk Scout reservation as a camp counselor in training, and an additional week with my troop). The net its a little to short too work with my hammock right now... I see a DIY project coming soon :). For the time being, I used the bugnet that is integrated into my Snugpak sleeping bag. It zips fully around my head, and pulls away when you don't need it (which I never did till last night). As long as i tucked my self down a little and pulled it far off my face, it actually did a very good job of keeping the bugs off.

3/17/2012

Week 11- Make-up Day

Weather: temps 60-65*, winds calm 0-5 mph, slight chance of storms
Gear: Eno Hammock, ENO Dryfly, DIY Suspension, Snugpak travelpak extreme sleeping bag, Ridgeline/ various attachments.

Comments: First and foremost,  I am back and feeling 100% after a week and a half of sickness. Now to the fun stuff. Last night was beautiful. Beautiful beautiful BEAUTIFUL!!! Spring has made an early arrival here in Minnesota, and boy does it feel nice! The snow, ice, and frost are gone. I was finally able to get stakes in without using a hammer!
Now that its so nice, the hammock has really come through and shown its level of comfort. In the cold of winter, it was more of a set-up-as-quick-as-possible-and-take-down-before-hands-freeze-off sort of deal. Now, I can take my time liesurley setting it up just the way I want it. I've also gotten about two or three naps in yesterday afternoon through today. I've put away the uq untill next winter because the insulation under me from the sleeping bag is doing just fine keeping me warm.
Check back tomorrow for my now back on schedule write ups.

3/11/2012

Week 11- postponed

Sorry guys, but I was struck with a nasty case of the flu begining of last week. I tried to get the night in, as I was feeling a little better saturday, but only made it about two and a half hours. I woke up with an extremely dry throat and was shivering in my sleeping bag like crazy. I came in to discover I had a raging temp of 101.6. I will hopefully get out sometime this week (looking at friday because than i can leave the stuff setup for saturday)

3/05/2012

Week 10

Weather: Temps 15-20 degrees, wind 15-25 degrees, traces of snow

Gear: -20 degree sleeping bag, therma rest reflective foam pad, eureka apex 2 tent

Comments: Sorry about the late post, I was really busy/ not feeling so good yesterday. So... Saturday night was not a fun one. For starters, I need to use a... wait for it.... tent. I was headed down to my grandpas for my little sister’s birthday, and my grandpa has absolutely zero trees around him. Before we left, I tried to convince my dad to take my camping that night, but it turns out that old sleeping bag I repurposed for my underquilt was his one and only sleeping bag... oops. So, I was stuck in m y grandpa’s backyard... in a tent. The ground was frozen, and the wind was gusting frequently to around 30 mph. It was not fun trying to set up a tent without stakes in high winds. Once I finally got it set up, I was able to throw my sleeping gear inside to weight it down. This worked fine, it was just a little uncomfortable.

I woke up in the morning with a thick layer of condensation on the rainfly of the tent, because it was so close to my head without being sake out. It took about 20 minutes to put away, and I never want to take it out of its bag again.

So, now that I’ve slept in a tent after hanging for a while, I’ve come to the conclusion that the advantage of the hammock over a tent is ease of use and comfort. I found I liked the organization of the tent better, with gear lofts and pockets built in, but for the pain it is to set up and take down, I can deal with the not so wonderful organization of hammocks.

(I forgot pictures in the pain of putting the thing away... sorry)