So I have decided to give hanging a try in an attempt to get a better nights sleep when camping. I have pulled the trigger and ordered a Warbonnet Blackbird XLC 1.7 DL with a Superfly tarp from Brandon which should be in in about 4 weeks or so (the suspense is killing me already).
My camping journey's are car camping trips or camping trips or on my four wheeler down wilderness trails (like Wolf Pen Gap in Arkansas). I also take off when ever I can to go fishing and camping in the Henderson Swamp (less than an hour away). So unlike the hikers in this forum I'm not watching my weight.
In case I cannot hang my hammock (like Grand Isle and other beach trips that I sometimes take) I have ordered the cheap Kelty 2-man dome tent as a backup because I do not wish to set up my hammock touching the ground (that's why I'm getting a hammock right) and if I figure if I have to sleep on the ground I might as well do it in a tent.
All right now that you have an idea of what kinda trips I like to take I have a few question for ya'll. I am prollay going to want to get something to keep me comfortable in the late fall, early spring, and for that occasional winter we get every once in a while down here plus the occasional trip north I may take during everyone else's winter time. So here it goes...
Question 1: in the spring and fall time will a blanket and a sleeping pad tucked in between the layers of my WBBB XLC comfortably take me into the mid to low fifties?
Question 2: I have been looking at underquilts for my WBBB XLC and none of them are cheap. I am looking to be comfortable down to about 25 to 30 degrees as these are the coldest temperatures I ever expect to be in south Louisiana (I hate the cold) though the occasional northern journey to mid Louisiana might also happen during winter time. I would like a full quilt option like the Kick *** Quilts. My question is do they make underquilts with synthetic materials like sleeping bags and if so who sells them?
Question 3: Has anyone tried the New River Quilt with the WBBB XLC? If so did you like it? Why or Why not?
Question 4: lets talk about an overquilt for a minute which is even more expensive than the underquilts. To me most of the overquilts I have seen are nothing more than either semi-rectangular or mummy style that don't zip on one side. If this is so can't I just use my sleeping bag unzipped as my overquilt (which would also double as my sleeping bag for those late fall fishing trips to Grand Isle Beach when I would tent camp)?
Question 5: Can I comfortably sleep with a 20 to 30 degree setup in 40 to 50 degree weather?
Can't wait to get my hammock and go hang out somewhere in the swamp.