scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Custom sleeping "system"
Mon Aug 28 2000 - 10:07:42 CDT
I always use a "space blanket" as a groundcloth under my 1-man tent, or under
by Thermarest(r) if in a platform or other not-my-tent experience.
As to the rest of it, you can be perfectly comfy with a few polar fleece
remnants, which are cheap as heck if you don't pay attention to how ugly some
prints are <G>. I have a few that I fold up and put under my bag for added
insulation, and you wouldn't believe how much difference it makes.
And don't give up on the idea of a sleeping bag. There are SOOOO many
different ones out there-- including "wide-bodies" for the like of us who
have been, ahem, broadened during our time in Scouting. You can add about
10-15 degrees of warmth rating to any bag with a simple fleece liner--- take
the 60-inch wide, get 72 inches of it. Fold in half, stitch across the bottom
and about halfway up the side. I use mine in three ways-- as a full liner in
cold weather, as a cover (but not a liner) on top of me inside my bag for
chilly (I go to sleep with it tucked in next to me, and if I wake up cold I
pull it over me), or as a light bag alone for "just cool" nights.
Last, a "camping quilt" has saved my sleeps-cold butt more than once. It's a
space blanket, the one with the mylar on one side and a blue or orange color
on the other. Placed over your bag it will condense the water that is
released by your body during sleep and make your bag wet. However, if you
completely cover the silver side with fleece (stitch it down with long
stitches, so as not to make too many holes in the thing-- it's not ripstop),
you accomplish two things: it becomes unslippery, so it won't fall off during
the night, and any moisture that condenses on it is trapped by the fleece so
won't bounce back on your bag. Place this over you and within minutes you
will feel your body heat reflecting back to you. This is also useful to have
aroound for hypothermia treatment.
Sleep warm <G>
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