Two years isn't exactly short order, I suppose, But it has in fact happened.
My first trip is this weekend, and I look forward to being free of my ground-dwelling ways. A winter trip is hardly ideal to make a first run, but it is what it is. I am no stranger to winter camping, and will be with a few friends to drag me out should I have a problem. I shouldn't tho, because I'm no hero, and have a backup plan should I need to go to ground.
I have a homemade DL 1.4oz gathered end hammock, pad and homemade SPE, and I will use my MSS's intermediate bag as my top quilt. I will be putting the patrol bag in between the layers of the hammock, for additional bottom insulation. I will be using a cheap blue 9x11 tarp for now.
It is projected to get into the 20s this weekend, cloudy, but no precipitation. (but I plan for that anyway, as always)
If I need to, I will throw the bivy around the MSS bags under the the tarp on the ground, with the pad/SPE under me.
But I don't think I'll have to sleep on top of the 6 sextillion ton heat sink. It just doesn't sound like a good idea...