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[pct-l] Super Secrets - Latest Experiments
- Subject: [pct-l] Super Secrets - Latest Experiments
- From: Hiker97 at aol.com (Hiker97@aol.com)
- Date: Sat Feb 4 02:50:24 2006
I know you are very curious about my latest (mad scientist) experiments and
thinking in backpacking. So, I will let you in on it because I like you.
Currently, I am working on the idea of using a 6 ounce silk sleeping bag
liner as an over bag for a sleeping system. I want something that will take the
chill off my down. A super light bivy might be good too. If that turns out
to be the case, then I would look at the "Soul Bivy" at just over 8 ounces
(extra wide - Epic fabric - _ww.mountainlaureldesigns.com/bivys.php_
REI sells a silk liner that is rectangle and rip stop fabric (REI.com -
Item 695428). I like it a lot and bought one. I will use my down jacket with
hood and may be an 8 ounce down half bag (nunatakusa.com) for my "sleeping
system". This should keep me warm for 3-season camping. At least that is my
theory. If things get a little colder, then I just slip under my tarp fabric,
since I never deploy it unless it is raining (very rarely). I use a 6 ounce
bug netting shelter each night. There can be some condensation under the
tarp fabric (9 ounces - GossamerGear SpinTwin tarp), but it is not a big deal.
Of course, I have my slippers/camp shoes with clean hiking socks for my feet
too. These are great for extra warmth. Also, I have a light head/ear band
and a nose/mouth cover. These last two only weigh about one ounce and are
great protection. Finally, I have my poly glove liner for my hands (some
people like using hiking socks). Very nice. If I need more protection I just
add my Gortex rain mittens (less than one ounce - some people like using
ZipLock bags). If things get really bad I would just put on my breathable rain
suit pants and hooded jacket (less than 10 ounces together). Now I am almost
ready for winter camping.
I have some serious layering on. I can walk into a major cold blowing wet
wind and be warm and dry with my normal hiking clothes on. No problem. In
fact, I probably would not have the down jacket on. Mother Nature can flex her
muscles and throw punches, but I think I can Rope-A-Dope my way through.
Note, that one of the best ways to stay warm is to use a good pad under your
sleeping system. I use a long thick closed cell foam pad from
GossamerGear.com (under 8 ounces). Very very nice. Highly recommended. I tie it to the
outside of my GoLite Breeze pack. By the way, I like the smooth side up.
I like a move around a lot when I sleep and do not like the traditional
mummy bag at all. I like the sleeping blanket concept with a good pad
underneath. So, I guess silk is my new blanket. My silk over bag and a half down bag
would weigh in at 14 ounces together.
Also, if you are thinking of down pants instead of a light down bag, forget
it. A down bag/blanket or half bag is warmer.
Any way, I knew you would be just be thrilled to know what I am up to and
what I am thinking for the 2006 campaign.
Your hiking buddy, Switchback
Trail Rooster & Camp Food Pillager