Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Denver, CO
Hammock: Snipe WinterGnome
Tarp: TtTTG 12x10
Insulation: WL-TQ/UQ, HG 3/4UQ
Originally Posted by BillyBob58
So I see no problem with the gear you have, just a good time, assuming you can keep everything in your pack dry while hiking. There are threads around here bout how to use a garbage bag or trash compacter bag as a pack liner, and or dry bags and or other tricks, just be sure you have all of that down pat.
As for your legs and feet, if you sleep in thick dry pants and socks, you might be OK with nothing or with that space blanket. Many people get by with surprisingly little under their legs as long as the top end is plenty warm. Or you may need more. What about your pack, any kind of insulating pad in that? Extra clothes that you can put under your legs or in your pack then under your legs?
If your willing to spend even a few $, buy a WM blue pad, and take the entire thing or cut it down to leg only size. That is a lot of bang for the buck.
Keep your tarp where you can get to it without having to expose the rest of your pack to water. Then just take your time and put your tarp up. When that is up and pitched tight the way you want it, hopefully in a way that will block the wind, you are golden. Get under it. Take a break if needed and even eat a snack and make a hot drink if cold, sitting on that cut down WM pad you just bought. When you are ready take your time ( who cares if it is blowing and carrying on, you are under your tarp! ) and put your hammock and UQ up!
Once you get the tarp up, it's all pretty easy from there, and getting the tarp up should not be hard if you have practiced with it. If there are nearby trees, roots or bushes, you may want to skip some of the stakes and just tie the tarp to some of those. They ain't likely to pull out of soaked ground on you when the wind really howls. Have fun, this will be an adventure!
So you have a 40F bag and it is going to be a wet 28F? Just take some layers that you can keep dry and sleep in. A couple of good warm layers, along with plenty of head insulation( very important ) should get that bag down 10 or 20F lower than it's rating. Do you have a down or synthetic hooded Parka? Some nice thick fleece and a down vest? And something warm for your legs?
One final caveat as you seem concerned: especially as it is going to be so wet, avoid cotton as much as possible (think blue jeans and sweat shirts etc). If it gets even slightly damp, it will cool you down all night and day as your body heat tries to dry it ( evaporative and conductive cooling). And if it gets wet at all, you probably won't be able to dry it. As much as possible, use polyester or other synthetic or wool clothing. And keep that down UQ ( and bag? ) DRY! Make sure above all else you will be able to do that.
Originally Posted by Shug
Make sure to protect your hands with good waterproof gloves or mitts while hiking....especially if you use hiking poles. Cold wet rain is a challenge.
Set tarp first........
Winter Yeti should keep you warm enough. Pad under the feet should do. Yoga mats are a bit heavy.....
Have dry camp clothes.
Drink hot drinks and stay warm.
Have some fun and eat well.
Best advice ever. Nothing to add but don't forget your camera. Remember the HF motto "Picts or it didn't happen" have a great time.
May your mileage in the backcountry exceed your post count.