Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Thornton, Co
Tarp: JRB 11'x10'
Insulation: Mt Wash/Big Agnes
Suspension: DIY Whoopies
I use a Big Agnes. It doesn't have insulation in the bottom, but a pocket for a pad (have a insulated pad and UQ) so plenty warm. It takes a bit of squirming, but not to bad. I do not like drafts, that may be my only concern with TQ, as I do move a round a lot.
I just unzip my mummy bag to within a foot of the end and drape the open bag over me. I like to think this give me a solid "go-to-ground" option as well.
Survival is about getting out alive, Bushcraft is about going in to live
Upcoming EGL Hangs: Winter Backcountry 2014. For EGL notifications, subscribe to the EGL Hang Notification Thread
EGL Trip Reports: Spring 2013-Late Thaw Lakers , Fall 2012-Grey Skies and Chowder, Winter 2012-Snowshoes across Algonquin , Fall 2011-Sunny with a Chance of Flurries, Video: Algonquin - Spring 2011 - Part 1 of 2
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Weeping Water, NE
Hammock: HH Explorer Deluxe classic
Tarp: HH Hex
Insulation: HHSS+OC, 20 UGQ
Suspension: rings and straps
A sleeping bag is a sleep system and mummy bags are even more so. When I say system here is what I mean. The bottom and top layers of the mummy bag have different amounts of insulation due to the fact that when it is -20 out the bottom layer has less heat loss due to ambient ground temps and thus does not need as much insulative value as the top. Second a mummy bag gains some of its rating by being able to block almost all, if not all, drafts. Third it even wraps the head in insulation. Fourth a mummy bag has less dead air space around your legs then a traditional rectangular bag. All this increases it's ability to keep you warm and gives the bag a combined lower temp rating.
An unzipped bag used as a TQ will have, in essence, two half's and one will be rated lower then the other (unless you cut the bottom in half and sew one half to the other side like wings.) You will have drafts maybe not many but definitely more then the bag started with and, you will not have it around your head. I can't imagine the modified bag TQ could have the same rating as the bag. Fact of the matter if you just take the head portion off a mummy bag I believe it's rating drops.
Again that is just my two cents worth. I also think that is why we (us hangers) need to pay special attention to making our sleeping gear a system not just pieces. I like you am just getting my 3 and 4 season gear list assembled. I imagine it will take me a while but I look forward to the journey.
I camped for a long time and the joy of going out into the woods drew me back time after time. Now I look for opportunities to go out and sleep in my hammock, getting in the woods is just the iceing on the cake
Best of luck and let us know how it goes. I love the knowledge gained here through experimentation.
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Greenville, SC
Hammock: diy HH
Tarp: 10' x 8' diy cat
Insulation: Full down UQ
Suspension: Whoopies w/ straps
Don't forget that you can also remove the hood but still use it. Wear it on your head and your head will stay toasty all night.
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New Fairfield, CT
Hammock: WBBB 1.7 DBL
Tarp: OES MCD, WB SF
Insulation: WL T/UQ,HG 0* T/UQ
|less., making, mummy, suck|