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    Senior Member McSpartan's Avatar
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    Arrived home yesterday from a week with 47 scouts at scout camp. Having brought my hammock, tarp and Phoenix, I still spent the first night on a cot having run out of time from a long day of travel and camp set-up. Sidebar - Temps were mid 90's during the day, high 60's at night. For the first night, Using just a sheet and a fleece bag I was cold, even after donning my fleece jacket and the wool blanket (walked back to the car to get).

    I knew the problem and it was confirmed by setting up the hammock w/ UQ for night #2. Not wanting to take the risk, I threw in the wool blanket and fleece jacket and place on the shelf so that I could get to them if needed. Not needed, I was so comfortable with the Phoenix that using only the fleece bag (as TQ) was sufficient.

    Having one last doubt thinking that the temps were higher on night 2, I pulled the UQ up the line to create a gap and immediately felt the rush of cool air under the hammock. I'm diggin' my HG Phoenix.

    No longer needing the wool blanket, I gave it to a young scout who had a miserable night's sleep. His dad was also present and thought he might double up the blanket and put on top of him. "Nay, said I. Put it underneath him." Problem solved - one happy scout.

    FYI, that first night in the hammock was the best night of sleep I've ever had at a scout camp. The Phoenix is a great piece of equipment.
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    Thanks for posting what you learned! So were you cold the first night on a cot, and then warm the 2nd night in the hammock?

    I guess a cot ( with no pad) could kind of have the same potential problem as a hammock........... cold air blowing under you?
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    Senior Member McSpartan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    Thanks for posting what you learned! So were you cold the first night on a cot, and then warm the 2nd night in the hammock?

    I guess a cot ( with no pad) could kind of have the same potential problem as a hammock........... cold air blowing under you?
    Yes to the cot and on the first night. You have the scenario right, the cot fabric performs similar to hammock fabric: you're up in the air with basically no insulation.

    Quote Originally Posted by LazyMan View Post
    Its amazing how much colder you are if it is coming from under.
    Roger that!

    Quote Originally Posted by stormcrow View Post
    That is a great story McSpartan! Not that fact that you were cold those other nights of course but that you found a way to get comfortable. It seems like those hard learned lessons are the ones that stick with us. My first underquilt story is VERY similar.... Thank you for sharing it with us!~Stormcrow
    To clarify, cold only the first night on the cot. Comfortably warm in slumber for the remaining 5 nights in hammock w/ Phoenix. Had several scouts and scout leaders try out the hammock during the trip.

    The only bummer on the trip? The scouts from another camp that decided to play with sticks near the tarp. The result was a 3 inch gash in my tarp.
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    Yep. I had essentially the same experience

    during my first night in a hammock.

    I had no idea how the roadsign "Bridge Freezes Before Road Surface" applied to hammocks! Even in the summer one can get chilled on a 60 degree night.

    Jim

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    Thumbs up

    I hear ya on the Phoenix ... I have it's ancestor the "Crow's Nest" and I absolutely love it. Piece of sweet light weight compact downy delight that has kept me warm to the high 20's so far!

    Will be suplimenting it with a HG top quilt very soon!

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    Senior Member McSpartan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk-eye View Post
    I hear ya on the Phoenix ... I have it's ancestor the "Crow's Nest" and I absolutely love it. Piece of sweet light weight compact downy delight that has kept me warm to the high 20's so far!

    Will be suplimenting it with a HG top quilt very soon!
    Thanks Hawk. Your comment about getting a new TQ has me thinking about a "minus" rating on the seasons given certain temp ranges. I read someone else here state something similar. Here's the concept of "minus" that I'm contemplating: For a 3S UQ, can you drop (subtract) a season on the TQ, in this case a summer TQ and what would generally be the effective temp range? Same thing for a 4S UQ used with a 3S TQ. Do any of you do this? Hey, I'm highjacking my own thread!
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    Its amazing how much colder you are if it is coming from under.

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    Great Story

    That is a great story McSpartan! Not that fact that you were cold those other nights of course but that you found a way to get comfortable. It seems like those hard learned lessons are the ones that stick with us. My first underquilt story is VERY similar.... Thank you for sharing it with us!

    ~Stormcrow

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