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    Total n00b with questions (look out)

    So I have taken the plunge and have a Hennessy backpacker on the way. Thing is, I donít really want to spend any more cash getting this thing ready for trips in what remains of my summer. I live in Littleton CO so I will be typically backpacking in the Rockies at relatively high elevation (>10,000ft and maybe mid to high 40ís at coldest temps). After reading a bunch on these forums, I am a bit skerd that I will be freezing my buns off unless I either make or buy some ubber expensive UQ. That being said, I am hoping that someone may be able to help me out to see if something I already own may be able to do the job. Here is what I know and donít know about my current situation: I am a cold sleeper, so I know all about being well fed and watered before nap time. I was planning on using my 15* sleeping bag, and beyond there, I think I need help.
    Here is what I have to choose from:
    BA IAC---best mat I ever used for ground, but a bit heavy and it may not work in the hammock.
    Run of the mill Wal-Mart blue CCF pad
    Bunch of Therm-a-rest Z-rest pads
    Kifaru Woobie-I would love it if this could be used as an effective UQ w/o needing any sewing modification.
    A 40* down sleeping bag w foot zipper hole that I would not mind permanently modifying if need be

    Anyone have any clues for me or do I need to buy/make something else. I understand in the long haul if that is what I will do, it is just a bummer to buy something and not be able to use it straight off.

    If anyone is familiar w/ camping in my location and thinks my nighttime temp estimates, are off, please let me know.

    Thanks for the help and for all the good info I have already read here.

    -damon

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    I just took a look at Kifaru Woobie, very nice and you could definetly use that as an uq. I would stitch on some elastic cord and small biners after trimming woobie to fit. Allow for bottom entry, if your hh is that style. I had heard that hh was changing, not sure which model you got. Both sleeping bag or woobie can be modified to work. Take a look around for uq's, pictures tell a thousand words, this site is awesome for new and different ideas. Allow for sag factor in your support of uq and leave extra to allow for venting if you get to warm. welcome to hf. I used to live in Keystone years ago. Beautiful country out there. CCF pad works, just alot of wrestling with slippery pad as entering, smear a little silicone on ccf pad and let dry. This will create sticky spots to help hold pad.

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    Use that CCF pad or any of the Thermarests ...... you will be well warm. UQs are a step up but focus on the basic hang for now. If you get an SPE your pad experience will be greatly enhanced and it wont break your wallet.
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    Before the zipper mod, I used the Z-rest pad because it folds up and makes it easier to get to the bottom exit.
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    Thanks for the replys. It is nice to hear that I don't have to buy anything else to be able to enjoy the hammock. I'll let you know how things work out.
    Thanks again,
    damon

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    What you likely have to put between you & the ground to keep you warm will do just fine in the hammock. Most of us, even Pan & Smee started out using pads. Some still do, so you do not HAVE TO go to an underquilt. If you want to eventually go to a UQ, that is fine. If not, that is fine also.
    If you make wings on your pad, that will keep you a little warmer, and will be more comfortable. See Ed Spear's site for an Idea on making your own wings.
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    damon,

    An SPE and pads will solve your problems for most months out here; assuming you have some warm sleep wear. Personally, I'd take a look at the Warbonnet Yetis. He's selling them pretty cheap (relative word, I know) right now. I used a prototype Winter Yeti all last winter with the addition of a Gossamer Gear 1/8" pad under me feet/legs; no problems at all.

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