- Feb 28, 2006Well, I had promised to report back after my winter hike about
"testing" all of the VB ideas using trash bags. But, I didn't "get
around to" that - Sorry!
A somewhat uncomfortable night on the Shelter floor... No, I didn't
hang - long story... Perhaps of some interest:
Temps in the lower 20's - maybe into the teens.
"Comfort" was OK because I was on my Exped Down Air Mattress 7 (long).
Upper body warmth was OK just using my GoLite Arctic parka as a
blanket over me - wearing polypro upper + Outlast + pertex windshirt.
Parka did keep sliding off. In my hammock, it wraps around and
doesn't go anywhere.
My feet were cold; so, I threw a chemical hand warmer in the bottom of
Ed's Frogsac along with the wet Smartwool sox I had been wearing.
That worked quite well! Feet were toasty all night and my sox were
dry in the AM. Liked that trick!
Where my parka over-lapped the Frogsac (knees to waist), I was wet.
Too much insulation there... I was wearing polypro long johns and Rail
VERY scary wild life noise just after dark! Started as an
Owl-sounding hoot turning to wolf-like howl and then dog-like "woofs".
Found out afterwards that it is coyote mating season; so, perhaps....?
Camping in SoCal out West (yip! yip! yip!), I have heard many coyotes;
but, nothing like this! Perhaps, Mr. Coyote has developed an Eastern