Mid-Atlantic Hammock Hang 2018

God willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…. [thx Hurricane Michael!]… the Château staff are off on a road trip to Pennsylvania.


Then on to Carolina for a week to see the sweetie and help her get her house on the market.

We have 99 people signed up for MAHHA this year and a huge number of donations from vendors for the charity auction. It should be a blast.

I’m taking the “DynaFly” prototype that the developer sent me and will be meeting him there to discuss and show off the units.


Along the way I will be picking up the schweeet Campground Cruiser that Mr. Hook the bicycle wrench built for me.

Reflective Snake Skin Tires, moustache bars, and a throwback to the 80’s with frame and parts.

Just U-gly enough that [hopefully] nobody will wanna boost it.


A Look At The AMOK “Segl” Hammock

The AMOK “Segl” Hammock is the second hammock that I want to go over for you from among hammocks I now have for the the day-hanger “pod” at group hangs.

“Segl” means sail in Norwegian.

The Segl is a smaller hammock [112″ long] It is intended to be something you can toss in your day pack and always have handy. At just 15oz/ 420gm [including hammock, suspension straps, carabiners & cinch buckles], and about the size of a soup can, it is pretty easy to tote along for some quick, comfortable relaxation. Despite the shorter length, it is 63″ wide. The extra width makes getting a decent lay angle very easy.

Here is one of their own promotional photos showing the colors available for the Segl.

The one provided to me to check out was in the Forest Green.

AMOK provides an integral, sewn-on webbing suspension with the Segl. It has cinch buckles and provided carabiners that allow you to get up and hanging very quickly. It comes down and goes back into the attached stuff sack just as rapidly. In terms of its structure, you can see by the regularity of the pleating how evenly the fabric takes your weight once you are in the hammock. I believe this attention to detail helps spread the tension across the hammock body and prevent “calf-ridge”. I found it a very comfortable hammock to lounge around in.

My lady and I took it along on a meandering trip up to the Maine Northwoods, and that gave me the chance to put it up and take it down several times in different circumstances and with different tree spacings. I even tried curling up on my side several times, and that was just as comfy. I never had a bad hang.

It also went along to the group hammock hang we did at the Harold Parker State Forest where I debuted the day hammock pod… this is a half-a-dozen netless hammock all hung together up at the group site for people to drop into when they want to just hang-out, or for a small group to socialize. It ended up being referred to as the “Food Coma Recovery Area”.

The Segl got a lot of traffic and garnered a lot of favorable comments for its comfort and the wonderful feel of the 20D Robic Nylon fabric AMOK uses.

One thing that does not come standard on the Segl is a fixed ridge-line to set the “sag”. I like the predictability of the hang that you get with a FRL, and have them installed on most of my own hammocks. Sort of a “set it, and forget it” thing. I tried an adjustable version at several lengths on the Segl and found that, in this case at least, it is perfectly alright without one. I think the shorter length overall and the wider fabric combine to give it a decent hang regardless.

One evening here at home I added a Costco Down Throw converted to an under-quilt, and set up for an hour or so of stargazing. The combo worked very well. Comfort from the Segl, no cold-butt from the UQ.

Given that the current price of $79 includes everything you need to get set up, the SEGL from AMOK Equipment is a very good choice for a small hammock for easy lounging or grabbing a nice nap. At the same cost or less than most of the ENO/GT tripartite hammocks, you can get a far more comfortable hammock that’s ready-to-go. It’s perfect for keeping in your daypack or under the seat in your car. However, the 112″ size means that it is harder to segue to using it overnight unless you are on the shorter end of the height spectrum.


[FYI~ I land at 185lbs+ most days and am 5’9″ tall]

I have no business relationship with any vendor whose products I might present here on this blog. I am not attempting to monetize Moosenut Falls in any way. I prefer to call my posts “evaluations”, not reviews, because I am not out to recommend any products over others. I want to provide my readers with info that might help make them knowledgeable buyers. The gang at AMOK was good enough to send me one for evaluation and inclusion in the ongoing hammock pod, with the explicit understanding that that fact would in no way influence my review. However, for full disclosure, it is unlikely that I would request a demo unit for products that I do not already have a belief will be of a quality that might interest my readers here at Moosenut Falls. There is no point in bashing anybody’s products… that’s a waste of my time and yours.



Handy Trail Breakfast

…the lighting is a bit odd today… my hands are not quite that violet ordinarily

Peanut butter filled pretzel bites [140cal. a dozen] and Jack Links new fully-cooked AM Breakfast Sausages [150cal. for three]… nice combo. Tastes a little like crunchy satay. Very good! And just a bag in my pocket.

Finish it off with some Peanut M&Ms and a swig of water… onward into the fog

The Traditional Ash Pack Basket

Contemporary design inspired by the earlier Northwoods pack baskets from the 19th Century.  This one was made by Bill Mackowski in Milford, Maine.

Taken from Bill’s site:

Nothing speaks of the traditions of the Maine woods or the mountains of the Adirondacks like a hand crafted brown ash (black ash if you’re from away) pack basket.  Imbedded in the very creation of the Native Abenakis (People of the Dawn), brown ash is the most unique and durable of all natural or manmade weaving materials.  Nothing can compare with its texture, workability, and visual beauty.  Even its smell has an unusual and inspiring quality.  Although it has been the preferred material of untold utilitarian and artistic basket creations, to me, it’s true beauty reaches its pinnacle in the lines and character of a hand crafted pack basket.

For hundreds of years, no self respecting guide, trapper, or woodsman ventured into the woods of Northern New England and New York without his pack.  It was as critical as his bed roll or tea bucket.  It was his signature piece of apparel.

Many of these packs were made by the guides themselves, but many more were made by the basket makers that lived and crafted throughout the North East.  To me, every one was a unique and artistic creation.  Each maker having his little variation or particular quirk in the crafting.  Unfortunately, most of these craftsman never marked their work, and their styles have been lost over time.  Those packs that remain and are traceable to any of these old craftsman, are truly a piece of North woods history.”

LL Bean used to market one much closer to those shown below [and may still].

A web clip of what I assume entries at a “common-ground” type craft fair

Traditional Pack Baskets are available from a good number of craftsmen throughout New England and can be ordered online from most.