My Embarrassment....

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by Chiseller, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I'll try to keep it short as I'm intending to make an attempt at a trip report..

    The short story is. ..... It was a cold starry night near the summit of Wethers How?? (@Shewie )
    It was brisk and breezy....
    My bivy bag was sliding about on some foil that I'd placed on the ground as I'd forgotten to pack my treadlite gear ground cloth.

    I decided to pit the foil inside the bivy to reduce the slip that was akin to being in a canoe without a paddle in high wind. ...

    As I teased the mat out and slipped the foil inside. . .I couldn't get the foil to even out.. ..

    I teased the pad out some more..
    And some more....
    And some more.. ...
    Until it was barely in and 3/4 of it was poling out of the tarp . .
    I had it pinned by my elbow as I wrestled with the thin foil.. ..
    The exped grip skin ™ provided no grip ... The next gust lifted it from the exposed length. . Pulled it out from beneath my elbow... Flipped and lifted like a helium balloon in a gale. . Landed... .then slid like an Olympic bobsleigh .. Down the slope... .past Shewie .. Lofted again and was GONE .

    And I do mean gone ... Up and away heading in the direction of Morecambe Bay .

    I had to make do with sleeping on 4mm of foiled foam in below zero temps. By placing my emergency foil sheet over the top of my quilt, and sensible night layers (Brynje net shirt + OMM Rotor smock and my ronhill waterproof over the top, combined with my ME Eclipse tights and some heat holder socks. . I managed to snatch a few hours sleep.

    It could have been a lot worse and I learned another lesson from Mother Nature and the old man of the mountain .

    It was my bad set up that got me into the pickle ...

    Lessons re-learned & Learnt

    1. Don't take the forecast for granted... It's often wrong...
    2.a tarp,, although light and quite adaptable .. Isn't the best idea in high matter how bomber it is. (of I'd have been in a mid or an enclosed shelter, it wouldn't have been snatched)
    3. Exped gripskin . Is a gimmick .. And I'd said so to Shewie before we pitched.
    4. Even though I descended the mountain and contoured it with the wind on my back.. . In some sort of foolish hope,, that I'd find it pinned to a rock or deflated and wrapped round a sheep.... It was a fruitless ,optimistic waste of energy and potentially dangerous.
    5. Don't try to save a few grams when it's forecast lows of - 7` by packing a lighter mat and a sub 300g tarp when your carrying 2 kilo of meat and your bigger pack.
    6. Always be greatful to friends
    7. Don't underestimate the value of a space blanket
    8. Don't underestimate the insulation & comfort of a thin sliver of foam backed foil.
    .9. A fruit scone once in a while won't kill me and if you add enough butter .. It almost removes the taste of dough. IMG_20190415_194520.jpg IMG_20190415_194428.jpg

    An that's abaht it for now..
    Have your fun, we did going back over it the following morning.
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  2. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Lesson's learned the hard way are seldom forgotten, pleased you're down safe :)
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  3. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Me too buddy, humbled by her and him ... Again :thumbsup:
  4. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Summit Camper

    A cold night makes for quick learning.
    You should be offended that Shewie didn't offer you the opportunity to spoon up to him on his mat though.
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  5. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    A Trip report is a Trip report. :drool:

    Thanks for posting for those of us that can't "get out there" for what ever reason. I for one am eternally grateful to you all.:dude:

    And now to lower the tone.....

    At least your feet must of been warm with those snowflake socks. :p
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  6. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Yep pretty much, slightly south west nearer Black Spouts

    It was a rough one alright, never had to take down a shelter for fear of it disappearing down the mountain before

    MLD Superlight and As Tucas quilt did a fine job cowboy style at low temps, good job there was no rain

    Cuben mids, uneven pitch and gusting winds make for a sleepless night
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  7. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    First time ever - I had to de-camp in the middle of the night last week - not because the tent was in any danger, but because of the noise - it felt like I was inside a speeded up clothes drier and sleep just wasn't going to happen. Fortunately the car wasn't too far away.

    - all the result of poor site selection and an inaccurate forecast.
    Always lessons to be learnt.
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  8. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Glad you both are ok :thumbsup:
    Was this the Friday or Saturday night?
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  9. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Saturday night for us

    I've learned that the leeward side of a mountain isn't always the best place to get out of the weather
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  10. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    We cut our weekend short as the forcast was pretty dire for Saturday night. Got buffeted about a bit Friday night on the summit of Kirk fell in a full Geo, so headed off home for a comfy nights sleep.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2019
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  11. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    I feel for ye, it's happened to me camped on the side of a col, weather was to be little or no wind, set up camp at sunset & pitched the tarp like this, (not the same location)
    bottom right corner into what little breeze there was & lay down to a nice sleep under a tarp :frown:. Bout 2am wind done a 180, came howling over the col in under the tarp, popped I believe the bottom left peg (& put a hole in the tarp), as I jumped up to sort this, wind got in under the polycro & took that and the yellow mat (both the same as in the picture above) off into the air, I quickly grabbed for anything to weight down the tarp, few rocks & pack & went scampering off after the yellow mat I could make out in the light. Luckily it did hit a rock, got slowed down & I caught up with it, but the polycro was gone to which i feel bad a bout. :(
    But all said & done, sleeping under a tarp is great, as long as you get to keep the tarp over you all night. :angelic:
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  12. snow

    snow Trail Blazer

    Don't feel so bad about bailing down to Langdale NT campsite on Saturday now, reading the above! Absolutely zero wind down there btw...
  13. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    That would worry me sleeping under a tarp, the wind doing a 180, unless your tarp is set up with that in mind.
  14. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    Thats the good & the bad with detailed forecasts they can give you the ability to pitch for the worst of overnight weather if any, but if they are wrong?
    Its happened to me before that the wind has gone off & done its own thing & i've had to re-pitch twice in the night in sideways rain that wasn't supposed to happen.
    There is much more in the mind set in pitching a tarp in the open than in a forest, which I lack in :(

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