Hiya, I'm planning a winter AT section hike starting around November in VA, going South. I'm just trying to get temperatures figured out for my hammock, and hoping you guys could help prevent a chilly night (I haven't tried hammock camping before!).
I'm thinking of using these for weather protection (this is what I have so far):
* 3-layer Insultex 3/4 length DIY under quilt (thanks sclittlefield!)
* 1/2" full length closed cell pad
* Mountain Hardware 10degF sleeping bag for top quilt
* 12'x12' Gear Guide tarp (I know the proper A-Frame configuration, but are there any others that are important?)
* And lots of clothing for backup
I'm hoping this will get me down to 0-10degF, as that's the worst I should possibly encounter (temperature averages are in the high 20s for these states I believe).
Will those alone hold me? Around what temperature will this take me to? I'm thinking of adding something else, and these are the options floating around in my head, but I don't know if anything extra is necessary:
* I could construct a hammock sock, which you guys have said will add about 10degF.
* Reflectix and Space Blankets are arguably useless, I've read in a few threads, so I will avoid those.
* I also have some down pillows I purchased a while ago that could be crafted into a pea pod. This will take a good chunk of time, however, and I hope that I wont need to do this. But I will if what I have isn't strong enough, because I know they're comfy.
* An extra or thicker pad could be used, but again I have no idea of temperature ratings for CCF pads.
* Some kind of double hammock? I'm very unfamiliar with these, but have seen them pop up here and there in various threads.
Any advise or comments welcome!