096: The Last Trip of the Summer

Show Notes: Episode 096

Today on the First 40 Miles, our last family trip of the summer—and this trip did not disappoint!  We’ll share the top 5 things we loved about our trip to the Oregon coast.  Then on the SUMMIT Gear Review,  we’ll share a hammock that’s light enough to throw in your day pack—and may even fit in your back pocket!  Next, on the Backpack Hack of the Week, a simple hammock hack that will keep you cocooned and snug on your next hammock hang.


  • Parameters of our last backpacking trip of the summer:
    • Simple to plan
    • Healthier food
    • Coast trip
  • Threemile Lake near the Oregon coast

Top 5 Things We Loved About This Trip

Hammocking with the whole family

  • Our first trip Hammock camping trip was back in June with Jonathan from the Hang Your Own Hang Podcast
  • This was our first family backpacking trip where everyone left the tents behind and everyone brought their own hammock

Success with solar

  • Solar mystery charger…with no label
  • Our mystery charger has twice the output of previous solar panels we’ve used


  • We’ve been learning a lot about tenkara fly fishing (which uses a telescoping rod, a line and a fly), researching it for an upcoming trip
  • Even though we don’t have any tenkara rods, our 11 year old wanted to have a fishing experience, so we bought $4 worth of fishing stuff and tried “Hillbilly Tenkara” with a stick, some line, and a hook with a glitter worm.

A 180 degree turn on Poptarts, Snickers and cheesy mac

  • We went stoveless, and tried to pick foods that were calorie dense and healthier
  • Breakfast: Overnight oats, dried peaches,
  • Lunch: WW tortillas + Justin’s Almond Butter packets and trail mix + tuna packet w/ mayo
  • Dinner: Bulgar + canned smoked sardines w/ oil + crumbled cheddar cheese
  • Snacks: Corn nuts + trail mix, dried bananas, sunflower seeds, energy bars, granola bars
  • Much of our snacks were eaten on the 3 hour drive to Threemile Lake—so by the end of the trip, we were ready to head out and fuel up.

Beach access at ocean and a lake

  • Lots of sand, so we were barefoot most of the time.
  • At night fell asleep to the sound of the ocean
  • Cooler trip (because Oregon coast doesn’t get very warm), but the warm sand felt great!

SUMMIT Gear Review: Hummingbird Hammock Single + Hammock


  • Reserve parachute material
  • The Single+ hammock is built with longer camping trips and taller people in mind–more comfortable
  • 1500 lb Spectra Cord for the soft carabiners
  • Military Spec Bonded Nylon Thread
  • Does not come with tree straps–order those separately


  • Holds 350 pounds
  • The soft carabiners (included) are far stronger per ounce than a traditional carabiner and are impossible to cross load.
  • Fabric is densely woven, but not completely waterproof


  • Hummingbird Single + Weighs 7.6 oz (210 g)
  • Add 2.1 ounces for the ultralight tree straps
  • Dimension when packed (6 x 4 x 2 in) or (15 x 10 x 5 cm)
  • Unpacked the hammock is 120 inches by 64 inches
  • Weight rating: 350 lbs (158 kg)


  • The fabric is not UV resistant—remember to pack up your hammock when not in use
  • Wash in cool water, or spot clean as needed
  • Dry completely before packing



  • Brought it on our family trip
  • Packed down smaller than all the other hammocks we have
  • Loved the soft carabiners
  • Lightweight, adjustable, easy to use, compact
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Backpack Hack of the Week™:  Turning Your Hammock into a Cocoon

  • Most hammocks come with an attached stuff sack that you can stuff your hammock into when you’re done using it. Most people use this little attached sack as a handy place to store your glasses, cell phone, headlamp, and battery charger.  But it also has another awesome use.
  • Put something heavy in pocket (sand or rocks) and throw the pocket over you. Makes a cocoon.
  • Works best in double hammocks

Trail Wisdom

“I feel so independent now. I can get anywhere I want to. I have the few essentials I need, and the few other things I need or want I can derive from the land.”

–David Cooper