RE: [Hammock Camping] Re: Down Peapod -- first impressions
- Thanks for the report Tripp--sounds like a great hike. Any chance you can
make our hammock hangers campout this weekend? ...Ed Moderator, Hammock
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> From: Tripp Clark [mailto:trippclark@...]
> Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 10:10 AM
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> Subject: [Hammock Camping] Re: Down Peapod -- first impressions
> Well, it took almost two months before I got a chance to test the
> down peapod in the backcountry, but finally, on March 12, I was able
> to get back out for another section hike on the AT. We were out for
> 3 nights, starting late afternoon on Friday from Low Gap, TN (just
> below Damascus) and heading scouth, ending on Monday afternoon at
> Dennis Cove Road.
> The first night out was the coldest. I used basically the same
> setup as described in the original post below.
> * Speer 8.0A hammock (with tarp but without bug net)
> * Down Peapod with 1 oz overstuffing on the down
> * REI SubKilo down sleeping bag (20 degree rating) used as a top
> * I put a down vest (which I carry winter camping) between
> the peapod and the hammock bottom (vest was unzipped and open)
> underneath my torso
> * I was dressed in smartwool socks; duofold "long johns" pants;
> a long sleeve turtleneck duofold shirt; mid-weight fleece jacket;
> and turtle fur fleece hat
> By the way, I consider myself to be a very cold sleeper.
> Friday night it dropped to 23 degrees. There was a gentle breeze,
> but for the most part the air was calm. Inside the peapod but
> outside of my sleeping bag, I checked the temperature at various
> times throughout the night and morning and always found it to be in
> the 60's. I slept warm . . . perhaps too warm at times . . . and
> had to unzip my jacket and open up the peapod a little more at times
> to let some of the warm air out.
> The second night it was about 10 degrees warmer. I opted to dress a
> little lighter and only used the sleeping bag in the hours just
> before dawn when it was coolest.
> The final night on Pond Flats was balmy, by comparison, with the
> temp getting to just below 40 degrees. I stayed with the lighter
> clothing and did not even unpack the sleeping bag, but instead
> relied on the peapod alone for warmth. Again, just before dawn was
> the only time that I got a little cool. At that point, if I had had
> the sleeping bag at easy grasp I would have used it, but I was not
> uncomfortable enough to warrant getting out the bag.
> All in all, I was very pleased. This showed me that my setup can
> easily keep me comfortable to the low 20's, and probably a little
> below that.
> If all goes well, I'll get to go back this weekend for a single
> overnighter to finish up the next small section (14 miles) into
> Damascus. I can't wait!!