[at-l] Quilts for the summertime AT
ofahoma at aol.com
Tue Dec 7 09:23:54 CST 2010
I have been a summer time section hiker on the AT for the past 11
years. I started with a 45 degree bag in the early years but after
sweating profusely at night, I finally graduated to a fleece bag liner
from REI. That's all. There have been a few nights when I got cool but,
typically, this has been all I required. Now, let me add that I am a
polar bear and sweat during the height of winter. So, I am a little
more hot natured (at least that is what my wife tells me) than most.
I have also heard that you may want to hang onto your warmer sleep gear
past Damascus. Wouldn't know where to tell you where to ditch it but,
in 2009, when I was hiking through the Shennies, it got down into the
upper 40's one night. So, it will still get cold a few more weeks past
when you should go through Damascus.
Also, I am a hammocker. So, in addition to the bag liner, I use a quilt
below. For Christmas, I am getting a No Sniveller from Jacks R Better
to go along with my Shenendoah quilt that I use as an underquilt. This
will give me two under quilt options for the cooler nights plus, I will
use my bag liner to sleep on top of with the other quilt as a top
cover. Should be better equipped for the cooler nights. Not that they
were bad particularly, just a tad cool when I could have been more
Have a great hike. I am jealous of all thru hikers who manage to
continue to get paid while taking 6 months off from work to thru.
Haven't figured out how to convince my boss that this makes sense. So,
section I must.
Cody, Is that you?
There's a Fat Man in the bath tub with the Blues.
Fat Man Walking
GA - ME on the 17 year plan.
From: hetchhetchyman <hetchhetchyman at aol.com>
To: at-l <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Sat, Dec 4, 2010 6:30 pm
Subject: [at-l] Quilts for the summertime AT
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) 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.
Well I have never been back east. I have heard it is much warmer and
more humid than
either the PCT or CDT.
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 have a multitude of options and I have been making everyone crazy on
so I though I would bring my madness here as well.
In particular I am now looking at the Mountain Laurel Designs Spirit
They come at a subjective rating of 30 or 45 degrees.
I don't have a synthetic sleep system in my "arsenal" so the AT seems
good candidate to try it out on.
I am not spamming.. but here is the link to those quilts:
I realize a lot has been written everywhere on the topic but
I find it so much more interesting to get live, up to date, responses
Thank you in advance for your thoughts on this subject.
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