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Published on Apr 17, 2011
A group of hammock campers headed out to kejimkujik national park for the 2nd Annual Betwixt Snow and Blackflies Hang - in April. The weather forecast called for clear skies for the 2 days and perhaps some rain for our departure home.
Friday afternoon was around 6C with ~20km/h winds. But as evening approached, the winds died down and we enjoyed a fire & meal outside. There were 2 other groups at the group site, but we were left with only a group from Sheet Harbour by evening. Once dusk settled in, we went inside the shelter until 11pm.
The lack of wind made sleeping very easy underneath our tarps. It was a combination of HENNESSY HAMMOCK hex tarp, Warbonnet superfly & MEC silnylon Guide tarp. However the temperature dropped to -10C. Some of us had only -7C sleeping bag, so we were on the borderline of comfort.
We were lazy getting up on Saturday and stayed at the group site for most of the morning & lunch. We added another member to our group, then headed out to hike around 10km along some of the lesser used trails in the park.
The 1st trail was Peter's Point. With the off-season gates still locked, we walked an extra 2km until we got to the trail head to complete this 3k return trail.
The 2nd trail was Grafton Woods, this is a 2 loop trail of 1.6km each. we decided to do the outer combination which gave us somewhere over 3km of hiking.
Once back at the group site, we stayed in the shelter until 10pm and returned to our hammocks. The wind had picked up and gusting up to 50 km/h but the temperature dropped to 0C. Windchill however was well below -4C.
The wind gusts posed a problem for most as even though we had lowered the tarps close the ground level, the wind was still getting inside and swirling around which cooled us off a little too much at certain point during the overnight.
However, I ended up with a better sleep on the 2nd night. Once we got up, we quickly tore down the site and had breakfast in the shelter. We were lucky that the rain didn't start until we were all done.