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    Recommend gear for bivy at el. 20,000 feet

    I just read about Joe Tasker's hammock bivy at 20,000 feet on the cliffs of the north face of Changabang in the Himalayas in 1975. He used a nylon hammock with a thin piece of insulating foam, synthetic bag (less compression), a cape of nylon strapped as a canopy, and light alloy rods as a bridge. He tested the system in a cold store where he worked.

    How did it go? Real mountain conditions made a mockery of using hammocks. Any movement caused parting of the hammock and canopy allowing snow-filled gusts of wind to enter. He woke up with the foot of the sleeping bag outside in the cold with numb feet. He felt crushed in the hammock and breathing was difficult.

    What would you have recommended.

    Map at
    http://books.google.com/books?id=n1x...gabang&f=false

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    A few years later the Portaledge was developed for wall climbs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portaledge










    Still not my idea of a relaxing night's sleep!!

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    Recommend gear for bivy at el. 20,000 feet

    Think you may find better answers in a mountain climbing forum or site.
    Carpe noctem!!

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