Friday, August 1, 2014

First hang in the Warbonnet Hammock

I just received my new hammock, a Warbonnet Blackbird, and I went straight out to setup it up at a local national park. I thought the rain has passed, but I was wrong.  I ended up getting a good rain test in and I can say my water lines worked great and I was dry the whole night.  

It sleeps different than the Eno, but I found it way more comfortable. But I need to work on how level the hammock is, as I kept sliding down.  

But it was a great night and I am looking forward to the next outing.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Another good hike

I did a quick 8 mile hike today to finish off my section hike of the Tuxacani trail in Mississippi.  I decided to see how my feet and footwear will handle wet shoes. I hike about 2 miles in wet Merrel Moabs after I dunked my feet in a creek.  Then I put on a old  pair of tennis shoes and put them in a lake.  The. I hiked about 1.5 miles in those.  Wow it is a big difference.  Shoes dried out way faster than my goretex, they didn't hold water, and they are much lighter. I think I am off to buy some proper trail runners.

I did finally find the springs around here, and sadly it was just a nasty hole with water since nothing was flowing. 

A few good things came out of today.
- Perthamiam is awesome I didn't have one bug bother me today
- learned how to wear my watch without it bothering me
-wool underwear seems to be working nicely, we'll see how my thighs feel in the morning though.
- I learned how to properly tie the shoes laces on my shoes so I don't get any heal slip

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Trying out the Chacos

 I heard a crazy person talk about doing long hikes in a pair of Chaco sandals.  Then I kept seeing other comments online mentioning Chacos so I decided to try some out.

I did 9 miles of trail for the test.  I had a few water crossings and plenty of sand and mud to test in.  Pretty much the sandals held up well and I your feet are going to get wet anyways, might as well have wear something that will dry fast.  

I wore a pair of bicycle socks with the sandals to prevent any chaffing.  Everything worked well.  Only problem I had was dirt would build up below my toes on my left foot.  I soon learned how to quickly shake it out.  

It's a litte worrisome to have exposed toes but I didn't have any trouble, but I need to hike where there are rocks and boulders to make sure though.