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    How many don't carry a pad?

    Hello,
    For those using underquilts. How many do not carry a foam pad. I'm about to go this direction. But, still worry about having to go to the ground.

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    I carry a sit pad (recent upgrade to my set-up) and some carry a 3/4's pad of sorts, or torso pad.

    I think the second option would be better in the event you need to go to ground, it would also act as a sit pad, and if you don't have a full length UQ - can go in the hammock under your feet/legs to help with warmth.
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    if you trust your gear? there's no worry about going to the ground.

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    I do not carry a foam pad with me to go to ground. I do have a small square of reflectix or plastic sheeting that i use as a ground mat under my hammock for the pack and boots (stepping on) etc but no pad. Not had an issue yet!
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    I carry a small section of CCF pad when I know it is going to be below freezing. This is made from one of the blue Wal-Mart CCF pads and is long enough to wrap around my hips. This keeps the CBS out for me down to the mid 20's.
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    No pad here.

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    I always carry a pad of some sorts, either for sitting on, pack fram, putting underneath my feet in the hammock or if I ever have to go to ground.
    Sometimes I like to hike and think, And sometimes I just like to hike.

    Hiking is'ent about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to hike in the rain.

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    You could also consider some tyvek for a groundcloth. Very light, very cheap, folds down very small. Would work as a ground cloth if you're really concerned with going to ground but like others have mentioned - for most - it doesn't happen often - and like ShadowAlpha said - if you trust in your gear (and I'll add "and you know what the limitations of those items are") there's no reason to worry about going to ground.
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    I usually canoe, so I have a pair of those small rectangular foam pads (approx 8" x 12" each) that I kneel on and use around camp as a seat. I no longer carry any other foam pads or thermarests. Too heavy.

    As a paddler, if I had to go to ground, I'd use my pads, lifejacket, and backpack wrapped in my small plastic tarp (6'x8'). I suppose as a hiker, I'd resort to some form of natural bedding (spuce branches, leaves, etc...) bundled under the same small tarp.

    Trust your gear but carry a repair kit and some spare materials. There shouldn't be too many reasons to go to ground unless your hammock rips beyond McGyver's ability to repair.
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    I don't carry a pad to go to ground with...I use the HHSS, but that pad wouldn't be suitable to go to ground with at all.

    I DO carry at least two 3 mil, 55 gal trash bags. If it was REALLY bad and I simply couldn't hang at all...I'd consider digging a pit, filling it in with leaves/grass, and covering it with a trash bag as a ground cloth, and hang my tarp above as shelter.

    If it got REALLY bad, I'd dig said pit, build a hefty fire in it, and then once it's burnt down to coals I'd cover it over with dirt and sleep on the warm/hot ground.
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