Originally Posted by BillyBob58
Thanks for the comments guys, most questions have been answered. And HE, I've really got to get into sewing with those kinds of $ savings!
So BB, it was apparently a good bit colder at Mt. Rogers than 25 or 30*? Maybe more like zero to 10*? Plus wind? So was the NS adequate as a sleeping bag substitute at those temps, and if not what did you have to add to it to get thru the night? I guess you used it on top, and not as UQ? Did you use a nest on bottom and if so, what did you have to add in the way of pads?
It got down to around 15* the second night I think, with a LOT of wind chill (35 mph steady). I used the NS by itself on top and Jeff's Potomac on the bottom. I used a 3/8" Walmart blue pad with the Potomac the first night, but used the quilt by itself the second night and was actually warmer.
Now for the "cheating" part. I used my hammock sock both nights, adding around 10*. I also wore full clothing both nights. I don't see any reason to carry clothes if you're not using their insulation at night, too. I had a cotton T-shirt, heavy cotton pullover/sweater, and a mid-weight fleece on top. Cotton long johns, light-weight fleece pants, and BDUs on bottom. Plus a windstopper fleece hat and two pairs of Smartwool socks. The second night, I substituted my homemade insulated pants for my BDUs but ended up venting them fully to sleep - I got too hot. I also fully unzipped the fleece jacket both nights.
Hope that helps.