You'll find the temps here don't feel as cold as they look. One really nice thing about this arid air. Still, a very nice 'Welcome to Colorado' hang and it sounded beautiful! :cool:
Yeah - I'm gonna start some short runs this week. Gotta get ready to hike up Eagles Peak before the Colorado Hang!
Thanks for the report. The MtW4 is a very nice quilt. Im heading out for trail tonight for 8 days and talked myself into one of those fine quilts bc I was a bit chilly in my MtW3 at 25*. Thanks for the reassurance that it will make it to zero with little trouble. Peace of mind!
Clipping the MWUQ suspension over the BB's ridgeline made all the difference...no cold spots anywhere after that...nice tight fit. I think you'll be warm.
Fantastic! Is this the 1st official report with MWUQ4 at zero or below? It's the first one I have read, any way. It just proves what I have known since last winter, this UQ is one fine piece of work!
So, not even a leg pad, or any other tricks? I have wondered about left leg warmth when set up on a gathered end hammock ( though no questions with the BMBH), and a tendency to "gap" away from my left leg when on the diagonal.
Did you set the foot end up with about 10 or 12" between quilt corners before entry, or some other way?
Wonderful to see this test. I have been able to test one night last year at about 10* in the BMBH ( 18*F in the WBBB). Of course, with MS type humidity. I was fine in both cases. But I don't get many shots at zero.
I didn't use a leg pad, but I always have a stuffsack with some extra clothes in there that I use under my knees when I'm on my back, and between my knees when I'm on my side. Technically it provides insulation when it's under my knees but I don't plan for it that way. I didn't have any cold spots under my legs after I clipped the corners over the ridgeline.
So I didn't have 10-12" between the corners...there were probably 4-5", including the grosgrain, mini-biners and some shockcord.
Kayak Kark posted about being "snowed in" somewhere on his thru (VA, IIRC). He started 01Jan at Springer. I believe he said it was slightly below zero and wore little besides long johns and was toasty.
I LUV my MW4. I may be wrong but I think the standard JRB suspension might be a tad too weak to hold up the MW4's weight. I plan to experiment.
But another thing to figure out is: was it the MW3 that was not quite warm enough at 25, or could it have been inadequate TQ, drafts or head insulation, or all three? Just thinking out loud.
Great report! More good, real world info too!!!
A note about the tent stakes, I've been using the hollow aluminum stakes by Easton. I like them. Lite but strong. One word of caution though. A friend was helping me set up my tarp one trip, & used his foot to push the Easton stake into the ground & bent it.
I straitened it & still use it but that just shows that a person's body weight applied side ways to a stake that is in hard ground, most (if not all) strong stakes, will bend (like a nail hit at an angle).
So you just have to be sure to keep force directed strait down through the stake. Sometimes it's best to find something that can be used as a hammer for this reason. It's extremely easy for a foot to push to one side or the other.