One other thing to think about is using the soft shackles in the cold are a pain when you have gloves on, or have cold/freezing fingers especially after they have been sitting all night. While a Dutch Clip is much easier to use in that type of situation.
Formerly known as "Cranky Bear"....
"yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift---thats why its called a present" - Master Oogway
It's always best if your an early riser!
I like hiking as it's like exercise!