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    Help choosing a sleeping bag for JMT in June

    i will hiking the john muir trail in june and im not sure if my 40 degree bag with my pad will be warm enough. should i get a warmer gag???
    anyone who has hiked the jmt befor tips or suggestions, this will be my first long hike

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    if your going to be Hammock camping most of the time...and is willing to spend the money....get a nice quilt and get it over with...you can't go wrong..
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    Top quilts are much easier to use in a hammock, and work on the ground as well if they're wide enough for you. And it saves you weight, whether you use it in a hammock or on the ground. So I'd second the advice to look into top quilts instead of a sleeping bag.

    Can't comment on the JMT temps...but I'll add JMT to the title for you in case it catches the eye of someone who has hiked it before and can offer more specific info.
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    i think i will get a uq befor i go, i looked at the ember from eno but there sold out, so im thinking about a kaq i keep hearing about on here
    as for a oq i will have to save a little more befor i can get one, i have a 20 degree bag i will take if its that cold

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    another thing i cant find any info on hammocking the jmt

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    Try asking at WB...I think there are a few folks on there who have JMT experience. Even if they're not hammockers, they can tell you how much of it is above treeline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlespaul View Post
    if your going to be Hammock camping most of the time...and is willing to spend the money....get a nice quilt and get it over with...you can't go wrong..
    Yes, you can go wrong. I can't sleep with a quilt in a hammock unless it's practically duct taped to me.

    As for your sleeping bag if you think you may be too cold at times, then there's a good chance you will be. Remember, you can always unzip your sleeping bag, but you can't always add more clothes. I personally never sleep with less than a 35 degree bag. It's a center, full length, zip so it can be opened up wiiiide open. yes it's an extra 8 or whatever ounces, but I've yet to wake up with the sleeping bag at my toes and me completely uncovered. Something that was a frequent occurrence with a TQ.

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    i will be using a kelty lightyear 20 degree bag for the trip and it unzips to my waist and im a warm sleeper . i sleep like the dead in my hammock and i thknk a uq will work for me but ihavent tried one yet so ill keep what you said in mind and try the uq out in backyard befor i take it on a trip

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    See my answer in the other thread about the JMT... the 20 degree bag and a good pad will do the job nicely. A 20 degree quilt would also work.

    It frequently snows at higher elevations in summer - just not in a way that sticks for long, it only means temps are in the 20s at night and wind chill is also a factor.

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    Is the Thermarest Haven +20 sleeping bag a dumb idea?

    It could be a top quilt, I suppose.

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