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    I would not underestimate the temps in GA, NC, and TN in general and in the Smokys particularly in the winter. I have hiked in the Smokys in Jan and we experienced -5. Now I am sure that you can "acclimatize" to a certain extent. I have been in shelters with SOBO hikers and their bags were a lot thinner than I would have been comfortable with. However, I would still go for a 0deg set for a hammock if I was doing it that time of year.
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    Im a comfort guy. Personally I would go with 0 quilts and pay the extra weight penalty, or at the very least be well versed in vapor barrier use.


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    4,000', 5,000', and 6,000' elevations in the Southern Appalachian mountains in the dead of winter are no laughing matter for the unprepared.
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    You'd be going over the Roans, Big Bald and Smokies in the near dead of winter. It can easily get down to single digits on those mountains. I'd prepare for extra layers as the temps start dropping. I've camped all of those in the winter with a hammock, and I wouldn't do it with only a 20 UQ. But then again, I like to be warm. :-)

    Good luck, and please update us with how your trip goes. Remember, it's your hike and if we sound nervous, it's just because we want the most successful outcome for you.

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    I have camped at Roan on Thanksgiving weekend and it was in the single digits plus a 40 mph wind. I would want a little more for insulation, especially on the bottom quilt, and also like others have said, maybe an uq protector, or wind block.

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    Also look into a winter tarp, for that extra warmth.

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    I must be a really warm sleeper, pushed my LLG 20 to 8 last winter just fine.

    I would recommend you test your setup at home in winter 1st before having to rely on it on the trail.

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