[at-l] Fwd: Quilts for the summertime AT

Cody Girl codycodygirl at gmail.com
Sat Dec 4 21:20:52 CST 2010

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From: Cody Girl <codycodygirl at gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Dec 4, 2010 at 9:18 PM
Subject: Re: [at-l] Quilts for the summertime AT
To: Black Wolfe <blackwolfe at charter.net>

This year I set off on the AT 3/15 with a 15 degree bag which I planned to
switch out at Atkins, but instead carried to Pearisburg because May was
rather cool in southern VA this year.  It was real chilly through the
Grayson Highlands.  I carried a 55 degree "travel" bag through the middle,
then at Glencliff NH (Aug 20) got the 15 degree bag out again.  Worked
pretty good mostly, I like to be covered when I sleep and mid summer the 55
degree bag was pretty toasty even loosely draped over me.  Some of the
hikers I met along the way simply carried a sheet, but I don't know what
they switched out when.  Temps were around 95-100 and plenty humid several
days through Pennsylvania.

It's a wonderful hike, enjoy the AT!

  On Sat, Dec 4, 2010 at 8:47 PM, Black Wolfe <blackwolfe at charter.net>wrote:

> > 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
> > AT?
> 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.
> > -Iceaxe
> Black Wolfe
> Bruce W.
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