M Notes from the Field: SuperUltraLight Hammocking on the Black Forest Trail in Pennsylvania
by Carol Crooker
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I'm hooked on hammocks! It has been a delight to discover just how light my pack can be while still enjoying the sleeping comfort of a hammock. On this SuperUltraLight backpacking trip, I experimented with hammock warmth systems with a stock Hennessy Hammock Adventure Racer and a prototype Adventure Racer with sewn in bottom insulation. My route was a 42-mile loop on the Black Forest Trail in the Tiadaghton State Forest in north-central Pennsylvania. I thoroughly enjoyed the ups and downs of this non-rocky trail through a hardwood forest. I only wish the weather hadn't been so nice since it limited my gear testing. Wildlife sightings: deer - 9, rattlesnakes - 0, raccoons - 1, bears - 2.
- Gear - How'd it work?
- Jacks 'R' Better JRB Weather Shield Bottom
- Gossamer Gear ThinLight Pad
- Sea to Summit Tarp-Poncho
- Hammock Warmth
- Experimental Hennessy Hammock Adventure Racer
- Clothes and Footwear:
- Helly Hansen Mars Wind Jacket
- SmartWool Lightweight Zip-T
- SmartWool Boy Brief
- Inov-8 Terroc 330 shoes
- Sequel Naturals Vega Whole Food Meal Replacement
- Cache Lake Quick and Tasty Cheesy Sweet Potatoes with Pie Spices
- Cache Lake Wild Rice Salad
- Backpackers Pantry Cold Pasta Salad with Vegetables
- Primal Strips Vegetarian Jerky
- Sweet and Hot Anchovies
- Behavior Modification
- TABLE: Sub-5 Gear List for September, Hammocking in Pennsylvania
- Sub-5 Pound Pack Using Standard Adventure Racer Hammock
- Sub-5 Pound Pack Using Experimental Adventure Racer Hammock
- Upcoming Sub-5 Challenge Trips
- Expected Conditions / Context for October Trip
- What: Non-technical canyoneering with lots of bushwhacking
- Where: Grand Gulch Primitive Area in Cedar Mesa
- When: Early October
- Weather: Air temperatures from 45-75 °F, some rain
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