Re: Cold weather setup update.
- I was hanging out in the maroon bells 2 weeks ago. 30 at night and windy.
I was in my HH with 3/4 thermarest, 20 degree bag and polars on. I was so
hot that I could hardly sleep. I also had a JRB nest beneath and a MacCat
over me. I feel that I can take that setup down to 15-20 depending on wind.
Good to find someone else who is testing in Colorado. Hikerdick is good too!
Thanks for the info.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, RevT <brian.tannehill@...> wrote:
> Here is an update from my first night out in the cold (well cold for
> me anyway).
> I had my homemade hammock, ThermaRest basecamp sleeping pad and my
> exped wallcreeper 40 deg sleeping bag.
> I wore blue jeans, cold weather socks (cant remember the rating), a
> 100% polyester thermal top, T-Shirt, and wool skull cap.
> I went out at 10 pm last night to go to sleep. Temp was already at 41
> deg. It was also real windy, 10-25 mphs. After getting settled into
> the bag and I quit squirming around, I was hot, almost a little
> sweaty. I slept with the bag on top of the pad, like a normal
> configuration I guess you could call it. I slept warm all night even
> with the wind. Also my shoulder hurts just a little bit, but not near
> as much as if I had slept on my bed, nor near as much from previously
> times in the hammock. I even slept on that side and it didnt seem to
> bother it.
> I do know that you should not compress ANY of the bag on top of you. I
> could feel the cold almost immediately if I tried to bend my leg up
> and my knee would poke out or something like that.
> This morning when I got up, the temp said 37 deg on the web site, my
> outside wall thermometer says 41, and I just measured with a digital
> meat thermometer and it says 42. I think the wall thermometer is a bit
> warmer because it sits on the exterior wall of the house. So I'll call
> it somewhere in the low 40's. The forecast lows for this area was 35
> deg and I am 1000 feet higher than the rest of the city. Sorry I cant
> measure any more accurate than that...
> The good news is I wasn't cold, wasn't even beginning to get cold. I
> was impressed by the bag because in my experience, when they say they
> are good down to x deg, they aren't.
> Onto the hammock, I did have a bit of sag in it more than what I put
> in it. When I put it up yesterday, I had about 6 ins till I hit the
> deck, this morning I could feel the deck if I moved just right. Not
> sure if the straps stretched or if they slipped. I have them wrapped
> around my metal railing on my porch that is pretty slick.
> Hopefully I've given a new lif to my sleeping pad as well. About three
> years ago my dog decided to chew a hole in it. The hole is about 8
> inches long and an inch or so wide, right on the seam. SO I hand
> stitiched it, and seamed sealed it a lot. It still leaks all the air
> out though, so I cant use it on the ground anymore.
> Hope you find my experiments useful, even though some have been down
> this path before. Any comments are always welcome.