Seasonal Sleeping

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  1. Rarrapuda

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    So I am just wondering what everyone on here uses for summer and winter camping/backpacking/bushcraft overnight. I am only talking about what you use to keep cool/warm (like sleeping bags, blankets, etc.). These two seasons fascinate me in terms of sleep gear.
     
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    my sleeping bag is the same year round, use a 20 degree mummy bag in summer and winter,
    in summer i will be more prone to sleep under a tarp or hammock,
    winter i use a tent,
    i also use a pad /ground cloth, that folds ups up small and light,
    only difference would be my clothing, day and night clothing, cold weather thermals in winter
    also a liner for the bag in winter
    winter camping for me is usually lows of teens with occasional 0 degree nights, i try to avoid colder temps than that, just not as much fun anymore
     
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    In the summer I'll usually just have a wool blanket and maybe a pad but I don't usually camp in the summer.
    Winter I have all kinds of bags, blankets, pads, cots, tents with and without stoves. It depends a lot on how long I'm going to be out and what I expect from experience the low to be.
     
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    Anything over 45f I use a klymit static v2 pad and a snugpak jungle blanket.

    From the 30f to 45 I have a outdoor vitals bag and a klymit insulated pad.

    Any colder then that and it's a mss system on the pad.

    Keeping warm is relatively easy. Keeping cool is a totally different beast. Hot weather I have a cold wet bandana handy for the head or to wrap around my neck. I'll carry an ice pack or cooler when . needed. More to carry but not a fan of over heating.
     
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    Northern Minnesota sounding off,,,

    Summer, a Kelty Cosmic 0° bag in summer, a Nemo Cosmo Air 4" inflatable pad, and a good foam pad.

    Spring and fall, same as summer, but with a poncho liner (woobie) folded in half, and laying over me inside the bag.

    In winter, this will be the 3rd winter with it, a Wiggy's -60 Arctic bag, a Wiggy's Luxurious Ground Pad, and a good closed cell foam pad.

    I'm not tough any more, I'm not sure I ever was, and I've no desire to shiver until morning ever again,,,
     
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    A -60 bag!!!! WOW. My son thought I was bad for getting a -30 bag. But I hear you about not wanting to shiver until the sun comes back up. By the way, how much does that beast weigh?
     
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    8.5 pounds, and there is an over bag for it that takes it down to -80,,, haven't seen a need for that,,, yet
     
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    Not bad on the weight. My -30 bag weighs in at 10.8 lbs. I use it for winter camping with my Boy Scouts. These old bones cant take the cold as well anymore.
     
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    In my hammock year round ...
    Summer, a woobie or light blanket
    Fall, wool blanket with underquilt
    Winter, top quit with under quilt
    Spring, wool blanket with underquilt.
     
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    Hoping to use a costco blanket with added down for the summer. For the winter, I use a Marmot Never Summer and the costco blanket.
     
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    Okay, awesome. It is cool to see what everyone uses for the seasons.
     
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    I use wool blankets. In the winter I add a sheepskin. If it is too cold for that set up I do have a 10 degree bag, I may do a snow shoe camp this year and will bring the bag and wool blankets AND the sheep skin as a ground pad.
     
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    Wool blankets year round.
     
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    Winter I call upon my Eddie Bauer Kokoram on top of my Klymit V pad inside the GI Gore-tex bag and closed cell foam under the Bivvy and a Grabber under that .
     
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    I'm still saving for an underquilt, so hammock is summer/warm fall/spring with my 20F quilt. If I think it'll get a bit chillier, I'll throw in my HPG serape.

    Winter is almost identical, except I switch out the hammock for a bivy or tent. This allows me to get an extra 10-15F out of my quilt and serape, but I don't willingly try and take that combo out when I know it'll be sub-20.
     
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    This question comes up every so often... :D

    What I use has changed a bit from when I first took these notes for my gear.
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    Spring, Summer and Fall 20° topquilt and underquilt on my hammock.
    Winter 0° underquilt and add a thin ccf pad as needed. Top I layer 2 20° quilts for temps down to -15~20. Add layers of clothes as needed.
    If I expect to go past -30 I add a vapour barrier suit over my baselayer. Have been down too -40 with my system.
     
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    For both seasons = foam mat, wool blanket and ranger blanket (poncho liner).

    In the winter I add my Kifaru Doobie and in real cold a second wool blanket. Keeps it simple!
     
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    Should update, I just pulled the trigger on a Kelty Cosmic 40 Degree Dri-Down Bag for summer use. $60 new
     
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    Okay awesome. I am going to experiment with a Klymit Static V, Sungpak Jungle blanket in the summer and then add in the Snugpak Softie Elite 1 for the colder months. For winter, maybe go with the Elite 3. I sleep in a single person tent so it should work out well.
     
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    I pretty much avoid summer camping here in LA anymore. But when I do (and when I did more), I often use(d) either a USGI poncho liner or a 35* down bag just draped over myself in my hammock. Once you're acclimated to 100* heat, when drops 25* at night, you get cold, regardless. I use an underquilt even in summer because I cannot tolerate a cold back or draft. In the Adirondacks or Smokies in summer, I use the bag, and either a hammock or ThermaRest NEO-Air, depending on the trip.

    In winter here in LA, it actually gets pretty cold. e.g., it's supposed to be in the high 20s/low 30s for the next 3 or 4 nights. The killer is the dampness. Regardless, I typically revert to ground sleeping on a NEO-Air, but use both the bag and my underquilt on top, as additional insulation.

    If I lived in NY again, I'd probably have a 35* bag for "summer camping", and a 10* bag for winter, along with an insulated air mattress.
     
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