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    Colorado Skeeters

    I'm planning my first backpack / bivy style elk hunt this September and I've decided to get off the ground and pick-up a hammock for this trip. We'll be hunting in southern Colorado, near Gunnison in units 74 / 65 in mid to late September.

    I was hoping I could get some guidance from any of y'all who have been there during this time, on whether I'm going to need bug netting on my hammock this time of year above 8,000'?

    Any advise is much appreciated.

    Robert

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    Nope. No bug netting needeed.
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    Yep, no mosquitoes. However it can start to get pretty cold around then. You should expect to wake up to frost each morning. It may not, but definitely plan for it.

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    No bugs bring 20F quilts and a good tarp like a superfly.
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    I've got an old North Face Blue Kazoo down bag. It's rated for 15 degrees, but it's lost some loft over the years. Probably closer to 30 than 15 now. I was hoping to go with that and a ccf pad. Will that cut it? If not, what do y'all suggest that's not too expensive. I tend to sleep hot. I can supplement my long underwear jammys with a hooded puffy and rain suit if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hootsma View Post
    I've got an old North Face Blue Kazoo down bag. It's rated for 15 degrees, but it's lost some loft over the years. Probably closer to 30 than 15 now. I was hoping to go with that and a ccf pad. Will that cut it? If not, what do y'all suggest that's not too expensive. I tend to sleep hot. I can supplement my long underwear jammys with a hooded puffy and rain suit if necessary.
    I'd look into an UQ with Apex climateshield fill. It's abit cheaper than goosedown.
    AHE is a very good vendor check them out.

    http://www.arrowhead-equipment.com/kick-***-quilts.html

    After crawling around at 8000ft all day you will be beat and ready for a good night sleep.
    You did not say what hammock you will be using.
    If you are still looking a simple gatherend with no bug net will save you a lot of $$$.
    like a Freebird
    http://www.dream-hammock.com/FreeBird.html

    I think your sleeping bag will do just fine.
    Some thin gloves and a stocking cap would be worth adding to your sleeping cloths.
    Last edited by OutandBack; 03-06-2014 at 17:12.
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    Throwing that old sleeping bag in the dryer with some fresh tennis balls might breath some new life into it. I would second the suggestion for an under quilt.

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    I've been on AHE's website. I'm planning on getting the Toxaway tarp from them. Today, I'm planning on getting a Warbonnet Ridgerunner, but that changes every day. Their ridgerunner specific Apex underquilt is only $130! Most of the others I've loooked at are $200+. Might just have to go that route and not have to worry too much about condensation. Gloves, watch cap and neck gaiter will also be part of my kit and add ons to the jammys as required.
    I plan on washing the bag with the Nick Wax Down Wash and maybe hitting it with their Down Proof as well to see if I can't get some loft back and maybe a little water resistance. Will definitely toss a couple tennis balls in to see if I can coax another season out of it.

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