Spring 2018 Central FL Meetup ---> March 2018

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  1. WILL

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    I'd like to see a consensus on what we're doing March 3 & 4th. It's hard to gage the interest level of members in the available options. Also, Chris, this date's sneaking up fast, any other irons in the fire or is it just Peace River float trip vs. Ocala back-packing to the lake? Maybe once all the options are on the table, folks can chime in with their preference so we can pick a winner and get a head count.
     
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    I'm up for either. Ocala would be much easier for me since it's closer and less to pack. I just don't way someone to back out of a float trip due to not having something to use if I can cover it.
     
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    I don't have a canoe or kayak, my friends...
     
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    @Ghost Widow I have a 'yak you could use. I don't know which way you'd take from you're area since I haven't been to th proposed location before, but we could possibly carpool if everyone decided on the float trip.
     
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    @El Duderino Maybe a poll is in order or some other type of vote to get this sorted out.
     
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    Based on what I've read, right now there will be at least 3 people without a boat. So as much as I would like to do a river trip, it doesn't appear feasible at this point in time. The 2nd location I looked at was nice, but it isn't available the first weekend in March (and the latter 3/4 of March is bad for me). This alternate location can be looked at for future meetups.

    At this point I'm leaning towards having this meetup where we had our first one in Ocala. It's a short hike in, has a nice spot to camp, and people can hunt & fish. I already know @Vilke will camp wherever we decide. Let me know what you guys think. @WILL @Ghost Widow @Randop @One @Usingmyrights @RangerWeaver @pine flats woodsman

    If the majority is cool with Ocala I'll put the details on a form for everyone and get it posted in the next few days.
     
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    I'm good with Ocala. I should be able to take care of two guys without a boat, possibly up to 4, but I'd have to find some funds to work on my trailer to haul it all. Maybe a late fall boat trip, since Ocala won't be good during hunting season for dispersed camping.
     
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    Good call. This will be the last meetup I'll be organizing since we're moving this summer. Someone else will have to take the lead on the fall meetup!
     
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    i'm real easy going, will do whatever/whenever
     
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    The meetup is set and I've sent the details to everyone via PM. If anyone new is reading this and you'd like to attend, send me a PM for the details.
     
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    I should visit this part of the forum more often. Just now noticed the post.
     
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    I plan on going but we got an invite for a nephews birthday party Sunday at 130, so I may have to leave a bit early. Has someone been to the location lately to see how the water looks for fishing?
     
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    Looks like the weather is going to be perfect. High of 73° and it will drop down to 45° in the evening. If anyone plans on hunting next weekend Will be the last for small game, no centerfire rifles.
     
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    I haven't been there recently, but Buck Lake is large enough where the water level shouldn't fluctuate. The pond by our camp site should be full as well. Last winter was extremely dry and it had water in January.
     
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    Agreed! This will be our 3rd meetup within the past year and we've been very fortunate to have great weather at every one.
     
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    I remember the last time we were right next to a fire road... is there a way to access that so we can drop some stuff off at the site to make the walk in easier? 45 degrees seems a little chilly, and I'd like to be comfortable if possible...? That way we can bring in more warm stuff like pre-purchased fire wood?
     
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    Not sure. You'll have to look at Google Maps and see how to access that fire road.
     
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    No prob. Just sent you a PM with the details.
     
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    FYI- 38 degree low Saturday night. Bring winter gear.
     
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    A bit lower than I last heard, but that' not a bad thing. I guess I actually need to bring a sleeping bag then. @Randop I don't know if you were bringing you'r frying pan anyway, but I'm probably going to forgo on the fishing this time around.
     
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    Just one tick for me. Mazie got away clean. Thanks again Chris for putting together this awesome trip. We'll miss you.
     
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    No ticks for me - well, none that I've found yet. You're welcome and I'm glad the two of you had a great time! I'll miss you as well. Hit me up if you're ever up north!
     
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    Hey Ryan, I'll pay you back for that broken saw blade....



    Seriously, I feel bad bro.
     
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    Will I was looking at the knife pictures and was wondering where is Mazie's knife? :33:
     
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    She's got an Ontario Afghan Bush, but she decided to just bring a folder for this one. She had a feeling there would be enough knives, axes and saws around if she needed one LOL. @El Duderino, the wool vest I couldn't remember is Filson. Man, I was brain farting all over the place that weekend.
     
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    No worries. I don't own any Filson products, but from what I've read, their stuff is top notch. I tried ordering one of their jackets thru our work awards program and it was sold out.
     
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    :18::18::18::18:
    Ah she carried in less weight while we all carried in the same gear. So there's a reason they say women are smarter than men after all! :18: Jk
     
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    @WILL I was doing some thinking about how I was able to stay warm in the hammock, and I'm kind of thinking it may have been the way I had my tarp set up? Maybe it helped keep my body heat in, and kept the wind from going underneath me so much. I dont know. Just a thought.
     
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    One, you're probably right about the wind. Sometimes my under-quilt would hold my heat and I'd warm up for a bit and fall asleep. Then I'd cool down and wake with a cold back side. It's rated for 40 degrees, so any little wind probably overwhelmed it. Now I know that Hammock Gear's temperature ratings are pretty accurate. I enjoy colder weather camping, and I'm moving back north soon, so I'm going for the throat on this one. My solution was asking my wife to buy me a 0 degree under-quilt for my birthday, so I'll have a hammock set up for almost any weather. I'm still guessing your hammock netting created air pockets that were able to trap enough heat to keep you warm. That and the under-tarp blocking the wind got-r-done. Well done.

    Off topic, but it bothers me that without a ground pad I have no sleep system if my hammock fails for some reason. For example, an area without appropriate trees, hammock strap tears off, bottom tears out of hammock, etc. Any other hammockers think worry about stuff like that? I guess I could make a debris bed or pine branches, but that would suck.
     
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    What about taking a bivvy just in case?

    Also if you're hammock is not damaged you can hang a hammock without trees
     
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    The hammock/ tarp isn't the problem, it's not having a sleeping pad because I'm using an under-quilt. I have no ground insulation unless I make it from natural materials. That's a cool bivy though.
     
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    Take a 3mil trash bag and that bivvy fill the bag with leaves lay on the bag in the bivvy:) best I can come up with. I have used a bag of leaves as ground insulation before it wasn't bad two things I learned were the bag I had was too thin/small, and I used it in a tent. Using in a tent isn't a good idea cause we woke up with spiders in the tent.
     
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    True. I usually line my pack with a 3 mil yard bag to keep my gear dry. I could use that in a pinch to make a debris bed. Better than nothing, especially if it's been raining.
     
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    For sure
     
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    Thank you. Hey did you check out "thebossoftheswamp" on YouTube? I think he is in NH it would be cool if you could meet him.
     
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    If anyone wants to know, here's a thread I did in 2016 on my the hatchet I used in this meet-up. It took some work, but the finished product has exceeded expectations as my primary pack hatchet....

    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...e-hatchet-buy-and-review.182667/#post-3252971

    Here's me going through the decision process....

    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/light-weight-back-packing-hatchets.190080/

    As you guys saw, the hatchet turns out to be way faster and easier than my bow saw for processing down all but the largest hardwood. It's plenty good enough for back-packing. I'd leave the bow saw blade at home if it wasn't so light. Like I said at the met-up, my fixed blade rarely gets used. I only brought it on this trip because I might have to process game. So pretty much saw, hatchet and SAK for back-packing load out when I want to have fire or work in a little bush-crafting.
     
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    Thanks for the reminder, I just checked out a couple of his videos. Pretty entertaining and his Aussie is a smart dog.
     
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    Well, hell, just stumbled across this thread tonight.... would love to meet up with y'all!!
     
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