Most of the week we slept in cabins. But two nights my patrol and I slept outside, earning the coveted Zero Hero badge (needs to be below 0 degrees farenheit). We were out in -20 F. I dug a 2.5 ft trench in snow about 5 feet deep, had a tarp beneath me, a bivy, and a couple of serious sleeping bags, and layers upon layers of insulating clothing. In a hammock I'd want as much loft below me as I had above me those nights, I dunno, maybe 6". I bet 1.9 oz fabric positively crackles at temps that low.
Stars are really bright and numerous when you're that far away from city lights, when the air is that clear and cold.
One is strongly inclined to empty the bladder to the fullest possible extent before diving into the bag(s). Middle of the night trips to the bushes...well....you'd really rather not.
I've only slept out a few nights that were REALLY cold... -31F (-35C)... With this sleeping bag, an insulated hood and an overbag of my own making... Underneath I had a 1" thermarest and a 1/2" CCF pad. I also wore fleece long johns and long sleeve undershirt.
Was cozy until the morning when the call of the bladder was unbearable... The worst is dressing in your bag without springing a leak...
BTW I'm a very warm sleeper.
Sweet. I just finished Woodbadge at Philmont (WB83). It didn't get quite that cold though.
I was hoping to HHammock in MN when I fly out there tomorrow, but now circumstances wont let me do it.
Maybe next time I'm out there.
"Courage Grows Strong at a Wound" - Stewart Clan Motto
Here is a photo of our setup. I still haven't worked out a good way to hang the two hammocks. I tried using the large hex fly (brown) over my daughter's hammock and the stock fly (blue) over mine. I didn't tie the smaller tarp to the trees, however, instead opting for the stock Hennessy prussic loops. Big mistake. The moment i got into the hammock, the tarp sagged and totally blocked the bugnetting. There was no chance of rain, so I got up and pulled it off. It was nice. Next time, it goes onto the trees directly.
Weasel and I go to a place called Lake Maria...it's about 1 hour for either of the down town areas, but at the right camp sites you'd think you were MILES from anyone else!!!
As for the comments made by some about going -10....
ARE YOU NUTZ?!?!?!?
I think I will try 1 night this winter when it gets AROUND zero...but I'm not too sure I'll be hanging...I might try the trench in the snow trick.
After following Rapt's advice, I started calling around...for anyone in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul looking for Spectra type line, it can be found at:
West Marine located behind Target and Best Buy near Ridgedale.
Phone is 952-545-5540. The guy I talked to (Michael) didn't know the price off the top of his head, but it is sold by the foot and should be less than $0.75 a foot.
Just an TYI for you.