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    Raul, I don't know what your weight limitation is for your winter treks but why don't you try using both of your Yetis in temps below 20? You'd be adding 11 ... 12 ounces with the 3 season? Less than a pound for a good night's sleep. Might be worth experimenting with since you already have both.

    And there's always the hot water bottle in a sock trick.
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    Raul,

    Great Trip Report!

    Its one thing to go out the first time in winter. Its another to try new equipment for the first time. But then to do it alone? You are a braver man than I am.

    We had the same experience with water problems at mount rogers. All the water froze in our bottles if you left them out of the hammock. It seemed everyone was sleeping with their boots and water to keep them warm for the am.

    The water filters all don't work in the teens...the water freezes in the tubing and filter. The steripens don't work either. These things are surprises (like your stakes not working!) who would have thought?

    I like the idea of the second UQ.

    I enjoyed your report very much. What camera did you use and do you like it?

    cooldays

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    I use the Canon Powershot camera. It's about 3-4 years old with only 6 megapixles. They have one with about 12 megapixles I'm thinking of getting that one for my summer trip. As far as the camera itself really reliable and takes really good shots as you can see. Battery life is also wicked. with a 2GB card I can take 16 minutes of video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    any warbonnet quilt, other than the ones that are over a year old, should already have the appropriate amount of cord on them to provide the correct tension on a blackbird or traveler or any 10' hammock. if the quilt is up near the top of you head, it will vent, if it's down near your neck/shoulders it should be plenty snug. i don't believe it can gap at the foot end unless you have the shockcord running under your legs.

    if you had a distinctive cold spot, that's a sign of an air gap/fit issue. if it was an even cool feeling, it's because you're at the limit of the quilt for you. i personally am a cold sleeper and will feel cold in the teens with a quilt that others take to below zero. in my experience, reaching the limit of a quilt is more of a slight dull cold that creeps up on you over time, my entire back will slowly get cool and then it will progress until my entire body is cold. a cold spot caused by an air gap feels quite different, it will be felt quicker and colder and be more localized in the area specific to where the leak/air pocket is (upper shoulders, under the knees, ect).

    having the tieouts unstaked shouldn't do anything, neither should having one end of the hammock higher than the other.
    Thanks for this INFO WBGuy,,, very helpfull

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    Good experience and excellent report. The 2nd UQ is a great idea.
    Ya done good,
    jjj

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    Great report! I had a similar experence with the cold on Standing Indian Mountain back in October. Being cold makes it hard to get a good nights sleep. It was one of the most miserable nights I think I have ever had. Of course this was when I was still a tent sleeper. Thanks for all the insight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raul Perez View Post
    ...................

    I believe I'm just a cold sleeper. Having the TQ and UQ rated at zero makes me believe I will have a very comfy sleep down to 20 degrees. A somewhat ok sleep at 15 degrees. And a fairly annoying sleep 10 degrees and below. If I go out again going below 20 degrees I will utilize the entire GG Thinlight pad for more insulation and I will add my Mountain Hardwear Conduit Bivy to the mix to ward off the frost on the TQ from my breathing condensation and to add 5 degrees of more heat.

    This will go the same for my Summer set up. My 3 season Yeti will stay until the temps hit 45 degrees then I will switch out for my Winter Yeti.

    My hike was an overall success. I learned my limitations with regards to my current sleep system, what to bring next time and what to leave home, and that even though my set up didnt keep me as warm as I would have liked going down to 10 degrees still kept me alive which is what it was designed for so I have to be thankful for that! And I was still only lugging around only 25.6 lbs which is totally awesome!!!
    This is great info as it just highlights the very wide variation in individuals. I just got done responding to Muskrat, who successfully used a 3 season Yeti and liner to 8F, with only the help of a fleece liner. That, and there are more and more folks showing up who are using un-augmented, basic HH Supershelters well below 20. Which I am sure I could never do.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raul Perez View Post
    Got home early today (sometimes it's a good thing I mainly audit municipalities) and decided to eval my set up. Tested the set up the same way I had it at West Mountain with the hammock not staked out. Temp was hovering around 33*. Laid in the hammock in my work clothes and my fleece hat, no gloves, and dress socks.

    Made sure the Winter Yeti was flush against the hammock and laid down with the Black Mamba Winter TQ.

    Results my back was nice and warm from the Yeti. The top part of my body was also warm within 5-8 minutes as my hands warmed up nicely. Felt the inside of the bag and it was also warm.

    I believe I'm just a cold sleeper. Having the TQ and UQ rated at zero makes me believe I will have a very comfy sleep down to 20 degrees. A somewhat ok sleep at 15 degrees. And a fairly annoying sleep 10 degrees and below. If I go out again going below 20 degrees I will utilize the entire GG Thinlight pad for more insulation and I will add my Mountain Hardwear Conduit Bivy to the mix to ward off the frost on the TQ from my breathing condensation and to add 5 degrees of more heat.

    This will go the same for my Summer set up. My 3 season Yeti will stay until the temps hit 45 degrees then I will switch out for my Winter Yeti.

    My hike was an overall success. I learned my limitations with regards to my current sleep system, what to bring next time and what to leave home, and that even though my set up didnt keep me as warm as I would have liked going down to 10 degrees still kept me alive which is what it was designed for so I have to be thankful for that! And I was still only lugging around only 25.6 lbs which is totally awesome!!!
    i'm the opposite raul...i can take a 3 season yet down to 15 degrees and i'm still warm...
    i jus got a ptarmigan from stormcrow and i was freaking HOT at the NJ hang..temp was 12 degrees ...i think i can take the ptarmigan down to -15 easy ...

    i wish i could get my hands on a winter yeti to test out..maybe next year i'll get a chance
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlespaul View Post
    i'm the opposite raul...i can take a 3 season yet down to 15 degrees and i'm still warm...
    i jus got a ptarmigan from stormcrow and i was freaking HOT at the NJ hang..temp was 12 degrees ...i think i can take the ptarmigan down to -15 easy ...

    i wish i could get my hands on a winter yeti to test out..maybe next year i'll get a chance
    Just curious...was that without an additional pad and what rating was your bag? Those are impressive numbers if the UQ is doing all the work.

    Miguel

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    Good show Mate!
    I especially like that fact that you are willing to gut it out if'n you have to, to enjoy what you want to.
    The fact that you have established that you are indeed a cold sleeper, which has borne out by follow-up testing goes to show that there really is something to this cold sleeper vs warm sleeper thing. Too many times we don't pay it the proper atention that we should.
    Once again...good show mate!
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