Pads Re: odds & ends feedback
- The important thing about a sleeping pad is that it keeps you off the
cold ground. A sore back from sleeping on rocks and tree roots is not
going to kill you, - hypothermia from sleeping on a giant cold-sink
might. If you are not going to bring a sleeping pad, then you need to
have some sort of insulation, whether thats branches, leaves, bark,
snow, or whatever.
Personally I use a Montbell inflatable with pillow, or a Ridgerest out
in the desert if i'm worried about punctures. I hear
BackpackingLight's inflatable is very nice (an thick!) for the
--- In email@example.com, "Jim W" <jimqpublic@...> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 3:23 PM, Barbara Karagosian <barbara@...> wrote:
> > Oh, I was asking various people which pads they used or preferred.
> > told me I needed to ask thru hikers if I wanted lightweight
> > sacrifice comfort for light-weight. ...
> Only ask thru hikers if you plan to be a thru hiker. Personally I
> slowly get used to sleeping on the ground and by month three I could
> probably use just rocks and tree roots. It's the first three or four
> nights where I'm missing the bed at home. I suppose I could sleep on
> the floor in preparation but ... NOT!
> If you save $0.50 every day between now and next summer I think the
> rumored new Cascade Designs 2.5 inch, full length, insulated, 14
> ounce, $150 pad will be the hot ticket.
> I have three basic options in my gear closet (a couple of each) and I
> chose the heaviest. I'll carry an extra pound for a good night's
> Aug 10 Southbound start