M Notes from the Field: SuperUltraLight Tarp vs. Hammock in the High Uintas
by Carol Crooker
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Following the non-stop pace of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, it was a wonderful respite to backpack along the Highline Trail in the High Uintas with Backpacking Light Production Editor, Ken Knight. The weather was perfect for SuperUltraLight gear testing - lows around 40 °F and a good amount of rain during the day and night. I carried gear for both tarp camping and hammock camping, merging two, sub-5-pound base weight trips into one. All the gear was the same for both "trips" except for the sleep system. I carried a Bozeman Mountain Works tarp and bivy, a Jacks 'R' Better quilt, and a Pacific Outdoor Equipment self-inflating torso sleeping pad for on-the-ground sleeping, and a Hennessy Adventure Racer hammock, underquilt (same as the tarp camping quilt), and Speer Top Blanket for hammocking. I was surprised by the minimal weight difference between the two systems (see the chart), and by which system was warmer
- Gear - How'd it work?
- Tarp Setup
- Jacks 'R' Better Shenandoah Universal Blanket.
- Bozeman Mountain Works Vapr Bivy Sack
- Bozeman Mountain Works SpinTarp X-LITE
- Pacific Outdoor Equipment Uber-Lite sleeping pad
- Hammock Setup
- Hennessy Hammock Adventure Racer
- Jacks 'R' Better Shenandoah Universal Blanket
- Speer Top Blanket
- TABLE: Weight Comparison of Sleep Systems - Tarp vs. Hammock
- Other Gear and Clothing
- Fanatic Fringe Alpine Trail Pack (7 oz)
- Mini Bull Design Elite alcohol stove
- Heineken 25-ounce beer can cookpot
- Nalgene bladder bowl
- GoLite C-Thru Lite-weight zip top
- DriDucks Hooded Zip Jacket
- CW-X Sport Support Bra
- Inov-8 Flyroc 310 shoes
- Journalism Gear
- Pentax Optio WP digital camera
- TABLE: Journalism Items and Weights
- Behavior Modification
- What I've discovered so far
- TABLE: Sub-5 Gear List for August, Tarp & Hammock
- Upcoming Sub-5 Challenge Trips
- Expected Conditions / Context for September Trip
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