Excellent report. I always enjoy it when people post what they think they did right and what lessons they learned from things that maybe didn't go as planned.
With regards to the wind stealing your warmth, that will certainly happen; however, there are things you can do to prevent it. I would first make sure you have the right fit on your uq. A properly hung uq shouldn't have wind slip between it and the hammock, but wind can still blow INTO the uq and steal warmth which is why hammock socks can be useful. If you're like me, you might be surprised how tight you have to get the uq to really have a good seal all the way around. When I get out of my hammock, the uq actually raises the hammock because its suspension is so tight. Another trick is to snug up the ends so that air can't blow in, but beware overtightening the ends. Overtightening will cause the uq to bunch up and not seal against the hammock.
A winter tarp hung low (to the ground even) will help to cut a lot of wind too. Try to find a site where you can set up perpendicular to the wind so your tarp can block most of it.
Originally Posted by mbnow
The breath bib is the way to go.
My only concern is that i like to toss and turn a lot and i always end up sleeping on my side.
I suspect that if you make the bib extra long, you will be fine. The added length won't hurt you if it simplies lies on top of your top quilt a bit when you sleep on your back, and it will allow you to turn onto your sides without strangling yourself. Perhaps Shug or another industrious northerner can chime in on that though since I'm not exactly in the best climate to test such theories!