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16992Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: space blankets/condensation

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  • ian toal
    Feb 22, 2007
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      That's what I've done for six nights out in January and February and it worked great. One thing you have to watch for is how long the space blanket lasts for. I noticed silver flecks in my hammock after the second night and when I held the blanket up and looked through it there was noticeable wear, (lines and creases where the silver had come off) After that the blanket didn't work nearly as well until I switched it out with a new one. I've spent one night on my back porch with the temp. down to - 16 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill and I was O.K. I woke up cool after 3 hours but with another layer I would of been fine. Again this was with a new space blanket under my inflatable pad and a zero degree bag. From my experience the space blanket makes a big difference.



      Jeff Ross <jlross_tijeras@...> wrote: So how about putting the space blanket under your sleeping bag/pad?
      Does that keep you a lot warmer from underneath?

      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "coyotefrog" <jackrowe@...>
      > Ian wrote: what ever you do, on cold nights, do not put a heat
      > reflective blanket on top of your sleeping bag.
      > Man I gotta say amen to that one. Got into lightweight camping as a
      > kid, not for weight but because I had no gear...used a poncho for
      > tent/tarp/rain gear, etc. Last year did a hike in the low 30'sF and
      > humid, for sleeping used my cold weather clothing, a 1/2" ccf pad
      > underneath, and a space blanket covered w/ my poncho on top, all
      > burrowed into a nice little thicket for more cover.
      > Was GREAT about half the night, very warm until I woke up after 2am
      > SOAKED from condensation and spent the rest of the night freezing
      > (unexposed...is this important?) butt off and catching a cold.
      > It's condensation that gets us most often in the cold, whether from
      > the ground or our own breath/perspiration...in fact most
      > cases happen at relatively high temps (30 - 55F) but after sweating
      > and waiting too long to eat in order to get someplace or set up in
      > evening and then stopping -- hungry, tired, wet and immediately
      > getting cold.
      > Not just space blankets (the reflectivity w/ air space truly is
      > effective if condensation is dealt with), but any non-breathable
      > materials.

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