Disconnect to Reconnect: A Weekend Adventure

February 07, 2017

WindPouch Inflatable Hammocks Camping Hiking Weekend Adventure Blog

Hey y'all.

When I’m not working and designing at WindPouch HQ, you can usually find me outside- camping, climbing, backpacking, biking, kayaking, or sailing. The Atlanta weather is pretty nice year-round, which keeps me active. Besides, what could be more inspiring for new product designs and ideas than getting out in the elements?

This past weekend, I set out with a small ground of friends on my first backpacking overnight trip of the year at South Cumberland State Park in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee. I packed light. As any avid backpacker knows, keeping the weight of your pack down is critical. And of course I didn't forget my WindPouch GO™ inflatable hammock (pictured below in Cool Blue).

My pack:

Hiking Backpacking Camping Gear Pack


After driving up from Atlanta on Saturday morning, we arrived and set out on the first leg of the trip: a light 5 mile hike from the Stone Door parking lot to the Alum Gap campground.

 

Trail Map South Cumberland State Park in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee

 

The terrain on the hike was a little challenging- rough and rocky with lots of large, broken rocks. Unfortunately, we had to miss one of my favorite planned stops! Access to one of the trail’s beautiful waterfalls was cut off by a high river crossing. Nope! Not happening this time. While the cold weather kept us from crossing on this trip, I’m planning to revisit the waterfall when things warm up this spring.

 

Hiking Trail Waterfall South Cumberland State Park in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee

 

Racing the setting sun, we finally made it to the campground. Temperatures were dropping quickly, so we hustled to set up our camp and start a fire.

Once settled in, our group began a nice evening around the fire. I enjoyed a nice backpacker-friendly meal of couscous, freeze dried tomatoes, mushrooms mixed with a salmon packet, and a nice, warm cup of cinnamon spice tea. After dinner, I inflated my WindPouch and grabbed my lightweight fleece blanket for some stargazing and thoughtful conversation with friends. (Quick Tip: Like all of your gear, remember to keep your WindPouch a safe distance from the camp fire.)

 

WindPouch GO Cool Blue Campfire Camping Hiking

 

The next morning, we woke to temperatures in the low 20’s. That’s pretty darn cold for a southerner like me! As we made our oatmeal and coffee, a light snow drifted down on us as we planned the day ahead.

We packed up and set out to see another of my favorite sights along this particular trail, Greeter Falls. The falls were amazing and I felt so relaxed and fortunate to be outside, enjoying a beautiful day in nature with my friends.

 

Greeter Falls South Cumberland State Park in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee

 

After gawking at the falls for an hour and discussing warm meals on the ride home, we began the trek back. On the way out we decided to hike the shorter upper rim rim trail, a modest 2.9 miles, but were greeted with an amazing view of the lower section we hiked the day before.

 

Camping Hiking Trail View South Cumberland State Park in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee

 

For me, it’s easy to get caught up in the sometimes overwhelming anxiety of everyday work and life stresses. I love being out in nature. It calms my mind, centers me, and give me slightly new perspective on what’s really important in life.

Seeing the river on this trip made me remember a quote that’s stuck with me for some time. Hanging in a picture frame, above my bed in a rustic Alaskan cabin I stayed in years ago, it read:

“Advice From a River: Go with the flow ~ Immerse yourself in nature. Slow down and meander ~ Go around obstacles. Be thoughtful of those downstream ~ Stay current. The beauty is in the Journey”     -Ilan Shamir

 

Where do you like to explore? Tell us in the comments!



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Comparison Chart
 Product Material 

WindLock

Technology™

Built in Pillow Headrest

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Floatation Device?

Product Weight

Supported Weight

Product Length

Attached Pocket

Gear Loops

Carry Bag w/ Shoulder Strap

Accessories Included

Pouch Patches Included

Ideal Usage

WindPouch GO™

Hex-RS™
70D Nylon Ripstop

DWR Coated

YES YES YES NO 3.1 lbs Up to 550 lbs  96" / 244 cm

YES: 1x Hanging Mesh Pocket with 2 slots

 

NO

YES

YES: 1x Anodized Aluminum Stake and Carabiner Kit 

YES

Backcountry, camping, hiking, beach, festivals, and concerts.

WindPouch Lite™

Poly-Hex™

210T Polyester Ripstop 

YES

YES

YES

NO

2.6 lbs

Up to 450 lbs

88" / 224 cm

NO

YES, x2

YES

NO

YES

Indoors, backyard, tailgating, park, beach, patio, festivals, and concerts.