Upon the arrival of my new WB Superfly tarp that I will primarily use for my winter tarp I decided to see how my setup would work in sub freezing weather. We were forecasted to be in the mid to upper 20's with snow, freezing rain, and rain overnight. Do I need any other excuses to get out in my hammock as fast as I could?
HH Exped. Asym, WB Superfly tarp, AHE Lost River 2/3 UQ, 20* Mummy bag
Right off the bat I knew that my UQ was only rated to 30 degrees and that I would be pushing it, but I'm a warm sleeper and I wanted to see just how far I could push it. I plan on upgrading to a winter UQ in the near future.
I was a little worried about becoming the newest member of CBS, but much to my surprise I never really got a bad case of it. I did have a problem pop up a couple few times where the UQ wasn't sitting central to my hammock, so anytime I felt the slightest hint of CBS I would reach underneath and adjust the UQ. In the morning I later determined that it was sliding due to poor attachment to my hammock, and I may also invest in a few triangle thingies at some point down the road.
On a positive note, the superfly tarp was AWESOME
It provided superior coverage, was not that noisy when the wind started whipping and the built in side pull tabs made it very roomy inside. Out of curiosity I only pulled out one side of the tarp to see what the difference was. HUGE difference. I think if I were out backpacking and not just in my back yard I would have gotten back out and pulled out the other side.
I think with temps hovering just below freezing (thermometer said 25 last I looked before heading out to the hammock for the night) I was at the max for that sleeping system. I think when investing in a winter uq I will go full length to help myself keep it more centralized to the hammock and I won't have to wake up in the night with CBS because its slipped on me.