>I am new here. I will be getting a Hennessy soon. I am so excited, I
>will be so happy to get off the ground.
>I want to use it in January for a cold weather trip. Low's 30's
>prolly. I have read alot about about under-quilts and reflector, but
>they seem time consuming to use for one trip a year, becuase it does
>not get that cold here. I was wondering if there was an easy way.
>I was planning on using my 30 degree lafuma which is 2 lbs and my
>summer lafuma bag around 60 degrees(I usualy use a silk or cloth
>liner, but my new summer bag weight around the same) and I was goign
>to use my therm-a-rest-. Would this be enough to stay warm in low 30's
>or upper 20's?
It would not be warm enough for me. The bag is almost no protection
from cold that seeps into my back from below. The Thermarest gives
pretty good protection down to about 40, but is nearly impossible to
keep under me because it keeps squirting out.
Before trying to do a 30 degree night, I would:
- Practice someplace with the ability to come back inside
- Be prepared to "escape to the ground" if it gets too cold
I would also either purchase one of the under-insulation systems
(JacksRBetter or Hennessey) or build a Garlington Insulator. The GI is
the lightest of the options. It may fit into your "simpler way" that is
mentioned in your note.
A closed cell pad, like those sold at Walmart that look like egg crate
is a lot stickier under me in the hammock (does not slip out) and might
be a good thing to use all year until the nighttime low reaches 75 F.
One of the cold weather lessons it took me the longest to understand was
the importance of wind and temperature. A year ago in November, I slept
a very cold night huddled in my hammock against the cold. I had every
stitch of clothing on and still woke continuiously with chills. I knew
it must be 30 degrees outside, but it really was only 40. Instead of
cold, there was a 10 MPH wind all night long in the campsite I chose. I
came home from that trip and knew I needed to do something different.
My solution (TravelPod) works for another kind of hammock - the Speer
Cold weather sleeping in a hammock is not as simple as it sounds. Be
safe and have fun.