During my Wood badge course this past week, my patrol decided to sleep under the stars as a patrol. I had very cheap gear along and was hesitant but willing to give it a try. I was not, however, willing to sleep on the ground. My hammock was in my car and so were a couple of blue wallyworld pads and a poncho.
Thanks to the info picked up here, my old hand tied string hammock took me to -2 F. I had no tarp but we selected a low spot so wind was not a factor.
One 40* bag and an Ozark trail artic bag were all I had for overquilts. Since we headed out at roughly midnight to set up I did not use the poncho as a garlington insulator, but that was definitely a back-up plan. Bailing out was an option too as we were only a couple hundred yards from our quarters.
Thanks to everyone for their willingness to share info and techniques. I was the only one without a stiff back the next morning.
The boys in the troop are going to be drooling over the old farts patch at the next meeting.