I promised to tell you about the first night out in our brand new hammocks. Well, there are two schools of thought at play here: mine and Heikki’s.
He woke up at around 2 AM because it was pretty cold, 3 degrees Celsius. I woke up in the middle of the night as well but I had more extra clothes to put on. So I was up for an hour and then slept until 10:30 in the morning! I never sleep in that late and I have to say, I was a little mad at Heikki for not waking me up earlier. I remember hearing a bit of birds singing somewhere around 5 AM whereas Heikki informed me that it was more of a cacophony that went on through the night. So he took some early morning photos and walked around the quiet beach. It occurred to me that one of these days we could stay up for the night taking photos and handle the sleeping part during the day. It’s not a good idea to reverse your circadian rhythm especially if you’re an insomniac like me but you could give it a try.
One thing you need to keep an eye out, is the location of your sleeping pad. As soon as you let an arm or a leg slip over the edge, it gets really cold. If you plan to spend more than one night in a hammock, get an under quilt. It’s a sleeping bag-looking thing that goes over and under your hammock. I found many interesting DYI-versions of it in Google, so there are options. The main thing is to have the insulating part outside of the hammock.
When it comes to back problems, everyone’s unique. If you manage to get your body in the hammock diagonally, you should be fine. The distance between the trees should be about three meters, which in our case was three Heikki steps. Yes, a Heikki step is a common unit of measurement.
So as I said, I slept very well. But out of us two, I’m less prone to cold I suppose. And I had more extra clothing. But I was hungry as soon as I woke up and there was no breakfast ready. So I was mad at Heikki. And he was tired from the lack of sleep. Thankfully we managed to get out trusty Trangia going for some porridge and had only 11 kilometers in total to cover that day. These are the moments when someone’s kind gesture can act as fuel to the fire for another. But we pulled through. After we got some food in our bellies, everything was peachy again.
So after ”breakfast” (which was more like lunch at that point) we took on the actual hike – to Hell and back. In Helvetinkolu we indulged in my first attempt at dehydrated food (more on that and the scenery later). Spring is swiftly turning into Summer and as I’m typing this, we’ve already conquered Repovesi National Park and one of its routes, Kaakkurinkierros. As soon as we experience some rainy days indoors, we’ll get right on that!