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Old 01-15-2018, 02:36 AM   #11
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I just got back. We were supposed to do 6 nights, we only got 2 down. We were hammock camping. We were very prepared, however mother nature wanted to test us.

We set up out tarps on the back side of a mountain. It poured all day and we were sure to set up in accordance with the wind. However, the wind shifted and it dipped below freezing all wothin an hour at about midnight. So the water got up under our tarps and soaked us, froze our gear, and left us cold. We were 20 miles away from the next town. Got 15 miles in before we had to stop in a shelter. We did not freeze to death but we were very uncomfortable.

Temps dipped down to single digits Fahrenheit on the mountain, and a storm was building so we decided to stop. We like adventure but it was getting dangerous with frozen gear.

All our water was freezing within 45 minutes of getting it.

I had fun and got a lot of good pictures. I'll try again next year!
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:50 AM   #12
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I just got back. We were supposed to do 6 nights, we only got 2 down. We were hammock camping. We were very prepared, however mother nature wanted to test us.

We set up out tarps on the back side of a mountain. It poured all day and we were sure to set up in accordance with the wind. However, the wind shifted and it dipped below freezing all wothin an hour at about midnight. So the water got up under our tarps and soaked us, froze our gear, and left us cold. We were 20 miles away from the next town. Got 15 miles in before we had to stop in a shelter. We did not freeze to death but we were very uncomfortable.

Temps dipped down to single digits Fahrenheit on the mountain, and a storm was building so we decided to stop. We like adventure but it was getting dangerous with frozen gear.

All our water was freezing within 45 minutes of getting it.

I had fun and got a lot of good pictures. I'll try again next year!
How about a tent?
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Old 01-15-2018, 04:52 AM   #13
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I am slowly but surely getting to the point of hiking around the hills. Might not be able to go far but by this summer I should make it farther than I every have....
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:44 PM   #14
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I am slowly but surely getting to the point of hiking around the hills. Might not be able to go far but by this summer I should make it farther than I every have....
Good! It is a lot of fun. In the future I will make my winter hikes shorter and closer to towns and extend out on my warmer hikes.
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How about a tent?
We were hammock camping so we used tarps strung up like a tent. Imagine the old cliche looking two sided tent, that was what we were using. They work great until the wind shifts.....
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Did a BP/elk hunt a few years ago in Colorado. 9K feet altitude and 60 lb. packs nearly killed me. Did a few trips here in PA. Listened to elk bugling all around me in the darkness. Enjoyed it once you get over the fear of being alone in the woods at night. Hang your food from a tall tree and keep no food in your tent or campsite. Now, at age 70 and one heart attack later my BP trips are probably in the past. Still enjoy day hikes though.
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