It was great finally meeting some ZombieSquad members after two years of chatting with some of you via the forum and IRC.
It was hot, it was humid and it was great.
It was also my first time camping in about 13 years, and there were some consequences... such as spending a ridiculous amount of time cooking. I was told ahead of time that cooking is teh suck
(SIC) and I can honestly say that those who warned me were correct. In case you don't remember me, I was the guy who was always cooking
on the flat rock near the fire pit.
Since I flew, I was at a major disadvantage as I had to unpack my suitcases and repack into a pack. But, it was a great learning experience. Things to bring next year:
1) A Henessy hammock (or equivalent - check Hoods Woods
(thanks Rob) for reviews)
2) A smaller tent (a 3-person tent offers you lots of room... amazingly hot, uncomfortable room)
3) A really small Camelbak pack so I don't have to tote around a stainless steel Nalgene
4) A simpler method for cooking and cleaning and a much smaller cookset
5) A headlamp that can produce red light (so as to not annoy others at night)
6) Water shoes that don't cut my feet up (The Vibram FiveFingers Keep Stuff Out (KSO) model looks promising)
7) Boots instead of low top Merrell shoes
Despite what the advertising may claim, I slid off my pad when using a Big Agnes Lost Dog (+50) sleeping bag mated to a Big Agnes dual core air mattress.
The seminars were interesting (the small bits I was able to attend.. when I wasn't cooking), a big thanks to everyone who lead a seminar. And, a big thanks to Kyle, Kristan, crypto (for science!), B3 (our range mistress) and all the other people from "home base" who make ZombieCon a possibility.