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    Senior Member Mr.Tattoo's Avatar
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    Cold weather on the A.T

    I am planning an A.T thru hike next year starting at the end of Feb. I currently have a wicked light 45 bag that I want to use as a top quilt, thermarest sleep pad,3-Season Yeti underquilt and a Reactor Plus Thermolite® Liner also a superfly tarp. I was wondering if this would be good for the conditions I will encounter? any help would be great..Thanks

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    the yeti will work ... might need a pad with it for some nights if the temps drop
    but the 45F bag will not due... save up and get a good TQ .
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    have a ridgerest pad . darn was hoping the down 45 bag would work with layering.O well lol

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    yeah get a good TQ and maybe a hammock sock...
    you will run into temps into the 20's maybe even lower
    don't trust your life to a 45F bag .....
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    The southern mountains are cold and wet. You'll need more top insulation.

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    Mothership thru hiked last year with a WBBB and said she would take some type of light weight pad so that she could go to ground or shelter when needed. I agree with the TQ to start.

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    the weather on the southern trail is highly variable.

    My second hike, I took a very light bag, augmented with a poncho liner.I was shivering cold all night on a 30 ish degree night windy ridge where I hung.

    The next night I slept in a shelter and used my hammock for an extra layer of bedding. That was warm.

    The next year, I got a down 24 degree down bag and pushed the start of my annual section hike into April to avoid the cold.

    Guess what?? 17 degrees when a northern storm came rushing through. I was chilly all night in a shelter.

    I think your proposed setup will keep you from dying, but you will probably be uncomfortable a night or two in there.
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    the lowest temp i saw in Feb was 0 degrees. i had a JRB Mt. Wash. 4 and 0 degree go-lite bag. i was fine. Jan i saw -5.
    as someone said its wet and cold. 40 degrees, walking in rain, sleet at 2pm and snow by 4pm and a 20 degree nite.
    only advice i can give is stay DRY and have good hand and foot ware.
    It's not procrastinating, its proactively delaying the implementation of the energy-intensive phase of the project until the enthusiasm factor is at its maximum effectiveness.

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    Thank you all for the advice!

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    Are you taking a puffy jacket? Down booties? Warm hat? If so, you can wear all of that and probably get by. Might also need a pad for your feet. Keep yourself warm with a hot water bottle between your thighs, and you're probably good.

    This is for what you might normally experience late Feb. Like others have said, you'll probably be cold as hell on the few abnormal nights, like what we had last weekend.

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