You've got to love this time of the year--plenty of Nature's own
insulation covers the ground! At 4,600' elev this weekend, I used
dry leaves collected from the ground for added insulation in my
PeaPod! This gave about 3" of additional thickness beneath me--
keeping me toasty warm in spite of the fact that I was only carrying
my lite summer gear! I'd expected temps in the 40s, however we
camped much higher than planned and the temps dropped well into the
30s. However, I easily supplimented my gear by adding dry leaves--
imagine greater warmth without carrying extra weight or bulk!
Actually I've used this trick numerous times before--thus I knew it
worked before I agreed to camp at such high elevation this weekend.
I've also found that leaves compact unevenly, so I also used a 1/4"
thick foam pad and a vapor-barrier sheet atop the leaves to help
eliminate cold spots. Last winter, I comfortably used as much as 5"
of compacted dry leaves in my PeaPod in temps down to about 10F!--but
I also had a winter sleeping bag over the top of me.
I've posted two photos showing the leaves in my hammock/PeaPod this
weekend--see 'Ed's PeaPod' album in the photo section of this