Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Northern South Carolina
Hammock: DIY, Miskito
Tarp: HH Diamond & Assym
Insulation: UGQ & WL SS
Suspension: UCR's & Whoopies
I would have rather been warmer, but the inattention to detail on the foot pad was on me, not sure the cause of the cold spot on my thigh though. I would have expected the SS OCF pad & SB to cover that area.
This is the 1st year of testing with the UGQ 40* TQ. Last year I used an REI 15* down bag. I did use a Sea to Summit Reactor the last 2 nights to supplement the TQ, it seemed to have significant impact.
I'm unsure the impact of the 1/8 CCF pad, will test without it the next cold night we have.
I dressed about the same as I did when testing it with 15* bag last year.
I'm pretty sure the condensation was mostly due to my breath, I think a piece of microfiber like a camp towel on top of the TQ would work. Just need to find a good way to attach and remove it quickly. Since the moisture was ontop of the TQ I would think that would be the best place for the piece to collect the moisture. And I think the bib to the ridgeline would likely get old.
I think the condensation of the SB was about equal between the UQ & OCF pad. I did not notice the ice buildup on the UC where the UC & OC meet when I used to UQ, that doesn't mean it wasn't there, I may have missed it or waited to long to go back outside and check it.
As far as dress I used thermal synthetic bottoms and a smart wool long sleeve top with a lightweight Nike Therma like a windshirt.
Give me more darkness said the blind man,
Give me more folly said the fool,
Give me stone silence said the deaf man,
I didn't believe Sunday School.
So, I failed to do my own suggested test! I had the pad handy fully planning to try it in the suggested method when I got cold as it approached 6 or 7F. But, instead I slipped the old standby HH kidney/torso pads in, and put the WM blue pad under my legs, which were slightly cool on the back. After that I was so toasty I did no further experiments. I guess my plan to add it under my back on top of the HH pad went awry when I decided I needed it under my legs to actually be warm rather than slightly cool. But, if I had been thinking, I could have put the WM blue pad UNDER the hammock leg area on top of the HH pad to see how that would work. But I didn't. But, I am now remembering that I wanted the pad to reduce slight calf pressure( it worked) and I doubt that would have worked underneath the hammock, but who knows?
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.