So I'm thinking about doing an overnight in this Michigan winter stuff. Sitting back and thinking about my gear I'm wondering what I need to do to be able to go down to a possible 10 degrees or lower. Average low in January here is 10 to 20 degrees. So what else would I need?
I have a Warbonnet Blackbird, Big Mamajamba Tarp that can be pitched right down to the ground, a Stormcrow 3 season Crowsnest UQ, a 3 season Burrow TQ, and a Gossamergear 1/4 pad in the footbox.
I plan on sleeping in REI heavyweight long underwear (zip top and pant), Outdoor Research down sweater, 2 pairs of heavyweight Merino wool socks, REI down booties, balaclava, hat, liner gloves, and a 8x8 warmer. (just like a hand warmer but big and 18 hours of heat) to be used just like a hot water bottle. I was also planning on using my thicker down coat on top of the Gossamergear pad at my feet to provide more insulation there.
(I will possibly have the black rock hat too ... when he has a chance to do a special order).
Would I need to add something to my UQ, like a pad or insultex, or a space blanket or something? I have a Big Agnes pad that could be used on the ground under the hammock to shield the frozen ground under me. Maybe a wool blanket on top of my TQ? My insulation is 3 season not 4, but I want to take it down a notch.
I am also waiting for the doors for my tarp to come off backorder at Warbonnet Outdoors. When they do I will order them too.
So what do ya all think. What else do I need to do?