This past weekend Julie and I camped out in the campgrounds at Cuivre River State Park near Troy, MO. After a hectic week I was looking to get away for a short trip to relax and try out some new gear. While the campground was a little crowded for my tastes, the park was absolutely beautiful and it was the perfect remedy to my weekday woes.
One of the main reasons I wanted to get out and camp for the weekend was that my new exciting piece of gear had come in during the week, an ENO One-Link System. For some reason I did not think to take a picture of the whole system set up, but see below for a shot of Julie and Penny enjoying the hammock itself.
The One-Link system is a total solution for camping with your hammock. It includes the hammock itself (in this case the Doublenest), Atlas Straps for attaching to your trees, a bug net, and a rain fly. I had recently been looking with envy into getting a setup like this and for someone like me with no hammocking experience, ENO represented an easy solution for getting everything I needed to get the job done.
While I don’t think that this particular setup represents a huge weight savings for backpacking (there are other systems that are more weight conscious , I do think it will be my go-to in place of tent in most situations going forward. The gear packs down super nicely, and for summer camping it would eliminate the need for bringing a tent or sleeping pad (the sleeping pad would come in handy on colder nights as hammocks have a tendency to run a lot cooler than a traditional tent setup). The main reason it would replace a tent setup for me is the comfort. I nearly passed out every time I got into the sling it was so comfortable. It sure beats the hell out of sleeping on the ground if you ask me.
I am planning on writing a more detailed article to go into the specifics of the setup. Julie bought one for herself after trying mine out over the weekend. I see many hangs in our future.
Glen, Werner, and Natalie met up with us at our campsite as well and we enjoyed a few adult beverages on the warmish day. As for the park itself, the maps detailing the locations of each of the camping sites lead me to believe that I would have quite a bit more space between me and my closest neighbor. As it turned out their was a giant RV parked about 40 feet from my tent. Mostly the weekend got me excited to go on another backpacking trip in the near future. There was a nice looking swimming beach on a huge finger lake just outside the campground, but they didn’t allow dogs to be on the beach. I don’t think Penny could have done anymore unsanitary damage than dozens of kids who were splashing around in the water, but such is life. Cuivre River was a perfect getaway for the weekend since we had limited time to get away from St. Louis, but I plan on my next destination having much fewer neighbors to share my view with.