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    Thanks everyone.

    I am going to bring the bag but try not using it.

    Tommy.

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    Walmart has Coleman brand bags...you could get a 40F one for this trip, then cut it down into a summer TQ when you have time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjm View Post
    Thanks everyone.

    I am going to bring the bag but try not using it.

    Tommy.
    Glad to hear that. A couple friends recently did several nights in the Mt Rogers Area of VA & thought because it was so hot here in the Piedmont of NC that they wouldn't need anything to cover them at night.
    I convinced them to at least take lightweight top quilts & they still got so cold they could hardly sleep at times
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    Learned a lot...

    The peace of mind from knowing I had the bag if needed was worth carrying it.

    Slept in the midweight wool tops and bottoms, a light wool hat, and a change to dry socks. The overnight temp on the ridge got down to about 55-60 deg F and I slept through the night. Didn't wake up because of cold but I was a bit chilly in the morning.

    I used a BA insulated aircore pad in the pad sleeve of the JRB BMB. I noticed the colder temp on the the sides of the hammock where the pad didn't extend to. These will definately become cold spots in the Fall. So I will need to create side extenders or get a real UQ.

    Even with UQ, I will probably still bring the pad since I like how it changes the shape of the bridge.

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    I think that is such a good choice. The only area that I won't skimp on weight is in the bag. Overkill until that freak storm hits. I ought to know. I'm one of the UT students who was stranded (waiting) in that freak storm that hit the Smokies in 93-92 (i'm getting old- cant remember the exact year) We had snowdrifts that almost covered the front fencing of the shelters. Luckily, I had just bought a zero degree WM bag. I was debating bringing my 30 degree bag. Luckily, I didn't.
    It got down to 5 degrees every-night. It was actually fun though. Not as fun with that other bag. Phewwwww

    By the way - that trip is what got me my AT trailname. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjm View Post
    Learned a lot...

    The peace of mind from knowing I had the bag if needed was worth carrying it.

    Slept in the midweight wool tops and bottoms, a light wool hat, and a change to dry socks. The overnight temp on the ridge got down to about 55-60 deg F and I slept through the night. Didn't wake up because of cold but I was a bit chilly in the morning.

    I used a BA insulated aircore pad in the pad sleeve of the JRB BMB. I noticed the colder temp on the the sides of the hammock where the pad didn't extend to. These will definately become cold spots in the Fall. So I will need to create side extenders or get a real UQ.

    Even with UQ, I will probably still bring the pad since I like how it changes the shape of the bridge.
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    I recently camped in 10C (50F in funny talk) which is our winter and there was no wind. I had a 3 season sleeping bag, inner liner, and thermals on. I froze and it's because I didn't have any loft underneath me. That's why Under Quilt is important.

    The cold just worked it's way through all that insulation. I ended up shaking like a dog's leg.
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    For south east summers, I use a thermarest tech blanket. You could probably DIY for pretty cheap
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolinasbackpacker View Post
    For south east summers, I use a thermarest tech blanket. You could probably DIY for pretty cheap
    Would love to be back up north just for those nice 50 degree nights right about now.

    I'm in NW GA -
    think it is still about 75 degrees out at 10pm with high humidity
    I was sitting still on my back deck & sweating :/

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    Better safe than sorry. In summer months I trade out my Go Lite Ultra 20 for a cheap, synthetic Lafuma bag. It's good to about 50* and since it's synthetic, if it is warmer and I sweat then it won't lose its insulative properties. It packs down really small and if it is really warm out, I throw it into the shelf of my WBBB.

    Plus, as bags go, it's CHEAP... http://www.rei.com/product/798906.

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