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    A cold night

    I slept out in my WBBB the other night and ouch it was cold. I had my new 3 season full length Incubator installed and 3 season Burrow TQ on me but still got quite the chill. I went to bed in shorts and a fleece top, which was a big part of the problem I'm sure. I was cold enough to get up and change. I put on some jeans, doubled my socks, added a thin hoodie. Since it felt like I was getting cold from below I threw a ccf pad in the pad pocket. That combo warmed me up enough to actually sleep.

    I didn't know the exact temperature, so I just looked up Environment Canada's historical data for that night. The nearest weather station shows it was about 7C (45 ish F) at the time that I got up for the extra gear. I was about 80 kms away from there and at a much higher elevation, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was close to freezing.

    I'm starting to wish I had bought the winter UQ instead. The mountains get mighty chilly at night, and it's only going to get worse with fall coming. I'm thinking it might be time for a DIY second UQ layer or something like that. I still have the PLUQ I made.. perhaps that in combination with the HG UQ will be warmer.. Maybe a AHE BBO too... even with the hoodie my face was cool all night. I'm also thinking that my tarp setting may have been a factor. I had it in porch mode which let the breeze in. Dropping that side down may have helped.
    Last edited by shumway; 08-18-2011 at 14:00. Reason: messed up the tq

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    Setting your tarp in storm mode will definetely keep the wind off of you and will help keep you warm. What were you using as a TQ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shumway View Post
    I slept out in my WBBB the other night and ouch it was cold. I had my new 3 season full length Incubator and 3 season Pheonix installed but still got quite the chill. .... I had it in porch mode which let the breeze in. Dropping that side down may have helped.
    Bingo. Wind will snatch that warmth right away from you.

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    I have a weather shield for my UQ that also helps keep the warmed air trapped within the UQ.
    Love my JRB BMB

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    The lessons most thoroughly learned are the ones you experience, not the ones you read about.
    That's true not only in hammocking, but in most phases of life, donchathink?

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    I screwed that up... I don't have a Phoenix! It's a Burrow 3season TQ. OP edited. Geez.. if I had a Phoenix and Incubator I might have stayed warm.

    I'm looking at Arrowhead's site right now. Boy that Jarbridge river UQ they have on sale is tempting. Doubling up the torso section of the UQ sounds like a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shumway View Post
    I screwed that up... I don't have a Phoenix! It's a Burrow 3season TQ. OP edited. Geez.. if I had a Phoenix and Incubator I might have stayed warm.

    I'm looking at Arrowhead's site right now. Boy that Jarbridge river UQ they have on sale is tempting. Doubling up the torso section of the UQ sounds like a good idea.
    Yeah, I was wondering how you could be cold with two 3 season UQs stacked...well, now I know....

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    That should have more than kept you warm. Sounds like besides the tarp not keeping the wind off of you ... you might not have had the UQ properly snugged up around you ... which could have resulted the UQ having gaps. But a 3S set up like that should have been more than enough at those temps.

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    That night had me missing the arctic sleeping bags I used in the military. I've slept in a lean-to in -30 C weather in one of those puppies, and only in my skivvies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk-eye View Post
    That should have more than kept you warm. Sounds like besides the tarp not keeping the wind off of you ... you might not have had the UQ properly snugged up around you ... which could have resulted the UQ having gaps. But a 3S set up like that should have been more than enough at those temps.
    That's what I thought too. I'm pretty sure I had the UQ snugged up nice and close. I checked it multiple times to be sure. Just lucky I had the extras with me I even had a fleece blanket ready just in case. I was car camping so I brought a fair bit of stuff to cover any emergencies like this one.

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