[at-l] Quilts for the summertime AT
blackwolfe at charter.net
Sat Dec 4 20:47:34 CST 2010
> I am starting a thru hike of the AT NoBo around march 15th. I have a 20
> degree sleeping
> bag to start with(I even have a zero degree bag but it seems unlikely I
> will want that)
20 seems to be the standard, but that early it might be a little light.
FWIW; there is no standard for the temperature ratings.
> but it seems I might want to switch to a lighter sleep system for the
> height of summer on
> the AT. I am thinking Damascus would be the place to swap out my bag.
Damascus might be a little early; you still have Mount Rodgers ahead of you.
> My question for the list is: If you had a choice between a system rated at
> 45 degrees or
> one at 30 degrees, which one would be more appropriate for the summertime
I was very cold overnight at Sages Ravine in August in a 40 degree bag.
Bear Rock Falls was more than10 degrees warmer, however I was not smart
enough to move that little bit up the trail.
> I don't have a synthetic sleep system in my "arsenal" so the AT
> seems like a good candidate to try it out on.
Down carries better, but does need more care on the AT to keep dry.
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