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Tested a bunch of DIY gear this weekend

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:46 pm
by gear-report
Thought I'd share a quick trip report from a group hammock hang this past weekend.
I used mostly DIY gear that I had not used in the field before. :shock:
My daughter used a Hennessy Hammock... had to be conservative with a 7 year old on her first backpacking trip. :)

http://gear-report.com/birkhead-wildern ... -pictures/

Birkhead Mountain Wilderness is a bit East of the AT in the Uwharrie national forest in central NC.

Re: Tested a bunch of DIY gear this weekend

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:28 pm
by Ridgerunner
Nice first trip for your daughter, Jeff. Did she sleep well in the hammock? I hope she enjoyed herself. It looks like she did. That rock formation does look like a dog swimming in the leaves. :lol:

Re: Tested a bunch of DIY gear this weekend

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:30 pm
by cadyak
that looks like a lot of fun and a very nice area to camp. GReat job on the hammock and everything else too.
Chapeau for getting your girl out. :D

Re: Tested a bunch of DIY gear this weekend

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:36 pm
by gear-report
Ridgerunner wrote:Nice first trip for your daughter, Jeff. Did she sleep well in the hammock? I hope she enjoyed herself. It looks like she did.

Hehehe. Yeah. She was worn out from the hike and asleep by 8pm. I had to wake her up a bit past 8am... so she slept 12 hours!!
For me, the IX UQ + fleece TQ + sleeping bag would have been WAY too much. But that is just how she likes it.

I was a bit concerned that if she wasn't having a good time it would turn out to feel like a LONG weekend instead of an overnight.
She was great and told me on the way home that she will go with me any time I want.
I'll call that a success. :)

Ridgerunner wrote: That rock formation does look like a dog swimming in the leaves. :lol:

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No joke, it kind of freaked me out when I saw it. :o
:)

Re: Tested a bunch of DIY gear this weekend

Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:41 pm
by gear-report
cadyak wrote:that looks like a lot of fun and a very nice area to camp. GReat job on the hammock and everything else too.
Chapeau for getting your girl out. :D


Yep. Nice park. Felt rather remote, so none of the "camping on top of your neighbor" issues that you might find in a commercial campground... but enough traffic on the trails that you didn't feel completely alone either.
She is going to be a handful at Girl Scout camp when they try to limit HOW she camps, cooks, etc. :)
I don't think they allow hammocks OR alcohol stoves. :geek: