Some places it is better to hammock camp


Are you a Risk?

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Philmont Scout Ranch was my real introduction to backpacking. I was 13 and we walked a lot of miles, hung our food, saw a bear, and got tired.

In the fall of 2002, my father loaned me a copy of Bryson's "Walk in the Woods" about his partial hike on the Appalachian Trail. It got me hiking again. In the spring of 2004 I walked the same 185 miles that Bryson and Katz walked - from Springer Mountain to Clingman's Dome.



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Greene County Hikers
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Dayton Weather

 Flame Azalea, Georgia, May 2004

Other Gear Reviews and Price Comparison
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Recent Project: Risk's CoffeeStove

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Unit Conversion

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History Lesson for Newbies
Checklist for Owner Reviews

Over the last several years, I have become an ultralight camper with a three-season base pack weight of about 11 lb (5 kg) and skin out weight of 20 lb (9 kg). I have completed many section hikes on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in all four seasons, with a total mileage of nearly 450 miles (725 km). I am a gearhead, a hammock camper, and make much of my own equipment..

I have also started testing outdoor gear with the Backpack Gear Test group.  It was fun on several recent  trips to have someone ask:  "Are you a tester?"

Testing Antigravity Gear's Mapdana

I started reading about ultralight hiking as developed by Ray Jardine in his classic "Beyond Backpacking." I bought a 1 pound pack, sewed a tarp, and cut the tongues out of a new pair of running shoes. Next, I began experimenting with hammock camping. Since it was the middle of the winter, I was able to do cold weather testing of the hammocks.


I have done some research on various home-built stoves. I even went to the trouble to build a couple of the Brasslite Stoves. The first wood burning cooking apparatus was the UltraLite Kettle listed to the right below. The Forge, WoodGas, and CoffeeStove stoves are my most recent wood burning works in progress.

Philosophy of UltraLite hiking

Ray Jardine's Beyond Backpacking

Adventure Allen's Site

Michael's Philosophy

Notes on Going Light

Joe's 3 Big Heavies

  Winter Thinking

Trail WebCams

Web Cam from Purchase Knob in the Smoky Mountains

Look Rock

Purchase Knob



My Trail Journals with Pictures

F2's AT Journal: Hot Springs to Erwin

Risk's AT Journal: Waynesboro to Montebello
Risk and EllieD's Zalinski Trip
Risk, EllieD and EagleEye head to the White Mountains
 Risk's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip

Risk's September 2003 AT Adventure

 November 2003 AT Virginia Section

  New Years 2003-4 

 Zaleski March 2004

 Albert Mountain AT Section

  Alaska Photos

  South 200 - Week One

  South 200 - Week Two

  Central Virginia Getaway

  Adirondacks Mt Dix

New Smoky Mountains to Hot Springs, NC

Web Cam from Look Rock


Instructions for TravelPod

Gear You can Build

Stovestomper's Site

Hungry Howie's Down Quilt

G4 Pack
Homemade Brasslite Type Stove

Health Hints:

It is important to wash your hands!

-Flyfisher's Giardia Page
Flyfisher's Food Page

  Baking Experiments

  Dehydrated Food


Contained on this page are a number of links I find useful as I learn about ultralight hiking

My Pack Lists:
Flyfisher's June 2003 PackList

 Risk's September 2003 Packlist

Risk's March 2004 Packlist

Risk's June 2004 Packlist

Risk's August 2004 Packlist


Other Appalachian Trail Resources

Appalachian Trail Conference

Fred's AT Homepage

Fox's Maps

"Model T" Tate's Homestead

Ohio Trail Resources

Buckeye Trail Site

Flyfisher's Buckeye Trail Journal


Hammock Campers always seem like they are hanging out!
Tray Mountain Shelter campsite - May 2004

Hammock Camping References

HammockWiki Encyclopedia

FlyFisher's Hammock Cold Weather Tests

 Ed Speer's Four Wrap Knot

Improved 4 Wrap Knot

 Overlap Pad

 Hammock Tubes

Ordering a hammock "kit" - prices

Double Hammocking

Hennessy Hammock Page

Speers Commercial Site

Speers Hammock Camping Newsletters

SGT ROCK's Hammock 101

SGT ROCK's Hammock Hints

The Garlington Insulator

 Single Pole Hammock Method




  $25 Hammock Stand


New Silnylon Seamsealer

New Midsummer Ideas - August 2004

Whipped End of Hammock

Risk's Gear you can build

Mitten Pattern

Balaclava Pattern


F2 Pack

UltraLite Kettle

QuarterWeight Hammock

  Risk's Forge

 Risk's WindScreen Forge

Risk's Bag

 WoodGas Stove


Tea Candle Globe