Mail Call – What is this thing? | HangTime Hook

In this episode of Sintax77’s Mail Call, I open a package containing an item that I can’t quite figure out at first…

At first glance, I could at least devise that it was some sort of hammock camping gear accessory.  Specifically what it was though, was confusing the heck out of me to be honest.

All that written on the envelope was a face book page, which cleared things up pretty quickly.   https://www.facebook.com/myhangtimehook/

Apparently it’s an early production run prototype for an accessory that allows you to easily hang your cellphone from your hammock ridgeline.  It also appears to be useful for mounting other items such as a light or USB charger as well, by using the various attachment points or the main clamp.

HangTime Hammock Ridgeline Cellphone Holder weight: 52 grams (1.83 oz)

Day Hiking w/ the Amok Segl Hammock & General Discussion on Hammock Camping, Set-up, Tips, etc

Day Hiking and trying out the Amok Segl hammock, as well as some general talk about Hammock Setup and Camping vs Lounging on the trail.

Topics Discussed on this Episode

  • A detailed look at the features and setup of my new Amok Segl Hammock.
  • Proper hang angle for hanging a hammock (ideally, 30°) and why you should avoid hanging your hammock suspension too tight / flat.
  • Proper strap position when using carabiners or Dutch Clips.
  • Nylon vs Polyester tree straps
  • Hammock length and how it relates to diagonal lay.
  • What I look for in a camping hammock compared to an on-the-go lounging / sitting hammock.
  • Hammock strap length and why you may or may not pack longer or shorter straps.
  • Fabric differences for hammocks (stretch, texture, water resistance)

Specs and Features of the Amok Segl Hammock, as per the Manufacturer

  • Plug and play suspension system included.
  • Ultralight weight: 15 oz (total)
  • Weight Breakdown – Hammock (7 oz), Suspension straps (5 oz), Carabiners and buckles (3 oz)
  • 20D Robic Nylon (30% stronger than regular nylon)
  • Capacity: 330 lbs

Other gear seen in the video: ULA Ohm 2.0 Pack, Dutchware Half-Wit Hammock, Amok Draumr 3.0 Hammock.

Train to Trail – Harpers Ferry Winter Backpacking Trip – Hiking in Virginia

Join Mike and I for for a “Train to Trail” Winter Camping, Backpacking, Campfire cooking, & Hiking adventure in Harpers Ferry, WV.

We tried something a bit different for fun on this winter camping trip – instead of driving, we decided to take an Amtrak train directly to the trailhead.  This is actually and idea that Mike and I had been kicking around for a while now.  The first challenge was finding an interesting trail that was actually close to a train station, without a need for secondary transportation or an excessive walk.  After a bit of research, we determined that Harpers Ferry, West Virginia fit the criteria quite well.  The train practically dumps you right on the Appalachian Trail.  We booked our tickets, packed our bags, and hit the trail, er, I mean, train station.

With 4 days and 3 nights off, we had a decent amount of time to play with on this trip.  The challenge however, would be that we needed to plan an out and back trip that didn’t put us to far away from the train station on our final morning, rather than doing a loop like we normally prefer.  Fortunately, we quickly realized that to be a perfect excuse to do a a laid back, more camping, less hiking  kind of trip.

The plan?  After leaving the train behind,we would hop on the Appalachian trail for a few miles – just long enough to feel the seclusion of the deep winter woods, and set up a base camp for the duration of the trip.  Other than that, we really had no hard set plans, other than relaxing, having a good time, and brushing up on our campfire cooking skills.  Did we succeed?  I guess you’ll just have to watch and see…

Trailhead:  Harpers Ferry Amtrak Train Station

GPS Data for this trip available on the Trip Data Page.

Harpers Ferry Winter Route Overview Sintax77

Harpers Ferry Winter Route Overview Sintax77

Trails Used
Leave Harpers Ferry via Appalachian Trail South
After around 3 miles, bushwack West to unofficial campsite.
Return via Appalachian Trail North

Notable Gear Used on this Trip by Mike
Gregory Palisade 80 backpack
EMS Down Parka
EMS Ascent Hard shell Jacket
MSR Whisperlite International stove
Dream Hammock Thunderbird Hammock
Hammock Gear Burrow 20 top quilt
Hammock Gear Incubator 20 underquilt
Hammock Gear Cuben Hex Tarp with doors
Portable bluetooth speaker with fancy lightshow
GSI cookset

Notable Gear Used on this Trip by Sintax77
EMS Longtrail 70 backpack (2011 version)
Montbell UL down parka
EMS Ascent Hardshell
MSR Rapidfire stove (see my video on it here) *no longer manufactured – modern equivalent is the MSR Windpro.
MSR Flex Skillet
Dollar Store tongs and turner for cooking
Sea to Summit Alpha Cutlery Set
Fozzils Bowl / Plate
Dream Hammock Darien Hammock
Hammock Gear Burrow 0 top quilt
Hammock Gear Incubator 0 underquilt
Hammock Gear Cuben Hex Tarp (standard model, no doors)
Pocket Chainsaw
SOG Flash I tanto blade pocket knife

Hammock Camping the Catskill Mountains – New York Backpacking in Summer

Exploring New York’s Catskill Mountains and setting up my Hennessy Hammock for it’s first test in the wild. Hennessy model is the “Expedition A-Sym”. A detailed gear list is at the bottom of this description.

This was two day, one night, “out and back” hike, covering a total distance of 24 miles in the Slide Mountain Wilderness Area. The individual trails hiked on this trip are actually a part of the New York Long Path, a 347 mile trail beginning at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey and ending in Altamont, New York, in the Albany area.

We’ll be visiting 3 peaks on this over-nighter: Peekamoose Mt, Table Mt, and Slide Mt. (Slide mountain is the Catskill’s highest peak, at an elevation of 4,180 feet.)

Parking Location and Trailhead Coodinates: 41.915164, -74.429080
**Parking is Free and there is plenty of room for cars. No permit is required for backcountry camping, unless you’re out for more than 3 days. No camping or fires are permitted above 3500 feet, except between December 21 and March 21.

Starting Trailhead: Peekamoose-Table Trail on Peekamoose Rd (Rt42), heading towards Slide Mountain.

Trails Taken In order:
Peekamoose-Table Trail
Phoenicia-East Branch Trail
Curtis-Ormsbee Trail
Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail
(Note: These individual trails also coincide with NY Long Path)

Total Mileage for Day One: 8
Total Mileage for Day Two: 16
Trip Total: 24 Miles

Gear List for system seen in this video:

***Base Items**

EMS Long Trail 70 Backpack (top pouch removed)
Sea to Summit Pack Cover
Hennessy Hammock Expedition A-Sym (lighter versions available if your willing to spend the $$ and give up some support)
Klymit Inertia X-Frame Ultralight Sleeping Pad
Sea to Summit Toaster – Fleece Sleeping Bag Liner (used as primary bag)
1 ReVive Solar ReStore usb charger
Osprey 2 liter Nalgene Bladder for hydration
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System
1 Liter Disposable Plastic Water Bottle (plus 2 spare 16oz bottles)
Paper map print-outs from Topo 9 software (lighter than a full size map)
Brunton Classic Compass
Sunscreen (travel size tube)
1 oz bottle of Ben’s Max 100 98% DEET insect repellent
‘Light My Fire’ Spork
Homemade Ultralight Cookset – video: http://youtu.be/gvpD1hEztvY
Sea To Summit ‘Insect Shield’ Mosquito Head Neat
EMS ‘Velocity’ synthetic lightweight long sleeve shirt
Spare synthetic tee shirt and lightweight shorts.
Spare EMS synthetic socks
Princeton Tec Byte Headlamp
Toiletries (TP, small mirror, travel toothbrush and paste, spare contacts)
Superglue, assorted band-aides and extra zip-lock bags for trash etc
Large lightweight trash bag – used as ground cover to organize gear, etc

** Items Worn (I did not count these towards base weight) **
EMS Camp Cap (synthetic fast dry, & lightweight!)
EMS Convertible Camp Pants / Shorts
Garmont Zenith Mid GTX Hiking Boots
EMS synthetic socks
4Sevens Preon 2 Flashlight
Leatherman Squirt Ultra-Light Multi-Tool
SOG Blink Spring Assisted Knife

** Consumables for trip (not counted towards base weight)**
2 Pounds Food
5 Pounds initial water supply (2.5 liters)
3 oz of Denatured Alcohol (fuel for DIY ultralight stove)

Base Weight: 16 pounds
Total weight w/ consumables for Catskills overnighter: 23 pounds