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    whats the coldest i can get in a thermrest pad n a 20 degree bag

    im going on fishin trip this weekend in the high sierras, would just the pad n the bag be enough in my hennessy hammock

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    What type of temps to you plan on encountering?

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    im also curious as to what temperatures other member have been in with just the pad n bag

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    I did 37 degrees with a Z-Rest pad and 15 degree down bag with no problem.
    It was dry and not windy.
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    Did 40 degrees F last night with a GG pad and a WM Summerlite bag. Very windy. Slightly chilly this morning but fine.
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    when I used a thermarest (inflatable I'm assuming), I never trusted it much below 35-40* if that was all I using...your sleeping bag will be the same
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    HIGH Sierras? Have fun in the snow... it's going to be colder than you think. The snow is still some feet deep at 7000, which is mid-elevation....

    Unless you are going below 5-6000, in which case you'll be fine. If you want to be safe add a foam pad to the thermarest, people do that in the snow with good success.

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    I used a blue pad from walmart and 20 degree bag down to 35ish. I was not cold but I was not toasty either.

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    Too many variables. I have a "15 bag" (eureka casper) which I find comfortable on a good pad, on the ground, down to a little over 20. Same pad, in the hammock, I get cold around 30.

    My takeaway is, you could expect to "lose" 10-15 degrees of "comfort rating" going from ground to hammock, but that's me... not you. Also you need the baseline ground experience to base that on. Add heavy winds to that you could also lose a lot more.

    A lot of times, I think temp ratings on sleeping bags are based on "the average man won't DIE at this temperature" but as I'm interested in getting a good night's sleep, that's not too useful to me. Experience and trial and error are the only ways I know to really know what you've got your hands on.

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    I agree with Festus, too many variables, but just as important as your pad is a snack ( I like a candy bar) and a hot drink before bed to fuel the furnace. Have a good trip.--John
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