Hey Mike, I was very glad to come along on this great trip. It was good to finally get some low temps to shake out our gear with. I don't have the DIY skills that Mike has, so I used purchased gear (picture below). My setup consisted of a Warbonnet Blackbird (1.1 single layer with triangular rings and webbing straps and biners), JRB Nest and No Sniveler, a JRB weather shield and JRB 10x11 tarp. That setup kept me warm for most of the night (we estimated a low of 22 degrees). But I did wake up cold in the middle of the night and had to place my Gossamer Gear NightLight pad under me (cold butt syndrome), which kept my torso nice and warm underneath the rest of the night. I was hoping that I might be able to extend the range of my Nest with the Weather Shield alone. I did also experience some cold feet discomfort, even though I wore wool socks and Integral Designs Hot Socks insulated booties. For clothing I wore a light weave merino wool long sleeve hoody and light weave merino wool leggings underneath my hiking pants, along with a Micropuff Vest and JRB down hood. For top side warmth that was plenty, and I think I could have gotten by with less. We were expecting wind gusts up to 30 mph based on the weather predictions, and earlier in the day it was quite windy. However, during the night it was dead calm and we did not have to deal with any of those issues.
It was great to get out in these temps and learn some of the limitations of my gear. I couldn't have pulled it off so well without all the great information that's available in this hanging community.
Originally Posted by mikeinfhaz
thanks fellas! who would have thought, that after 4 trips chasing the cold - and every single time it was about ~10° above normal that I'd finally get my chance to test the UQ i made (finally)
before this trip the coldest I got out was 33 degrees.
also, i only wore a base layer of marmot driclime LW bottoms and a med. weight fleece under my t-shirt. my TQ did great, and the best part of all, the TQ held me toasty warm to 22 while only weighing 15 ounces!
im lovin' it
and im still beaming.
thanks to Andrew also for joining me. He's always a great friend and good sport.