Finally, the night before our climb we were hanging at Degnan's, packingbagels and cheese for the route. Our supplies included Pringles (whichhave always been a hit on these routes), cans of fruit cocktail, peanutbutter, and many small bags of jelly beans, trail mix, dried pineapple,and so on. One of the regulars came up to us and told us to get to theroute early, because he knew that another party was to attempt it aswell, and he warned me that they would be way slow. Accordingly, Danieland I left camp at around 6 AM, reaching our cache at around 9. We werecarrying the requisite cams, stoppers, rivet hangers, one Cliffhangerhook, and two aiders each; we took no pitons, no heads, and no bolt kit.(There are many fixed heads, and generally one would want some pins orheads to replace any which might have blown, but with a cheater stick wefelt we could just reach past any such spot.) We had a 10.2 mm leadline, a 9 mm haul line, and a 7 mm lower-out line. We took aWall-Hauler, and my experience with it certainly leads me to recommendit. We each had full raingear, bivy sack, a ripstop nylon belay seat,and I threw in an old Chouinard Peapod hammock. (Our gear is assembledfrom our own and from that of a dear friend even older than I, so wehave many of these funky old things like his hammock.) In retrospect,the climb would have been far more comfortable using simple plywoodbivy seats.
In addition to picking a good site with natural windblocks, nature offers other ways to keep a hammock warm. Ed Speer writes in that dry leaves can be used between the PeaPod and hammock to add more loft. While I don't like the idea of putting vegetation inside my insulation, it can certainly help in a pinch.