Archive for January 2021

Recent hikes and Overnights

21-22 Jan 2021: Mt Liberty and Mt Flume

26 Jan 2021: Long Pond, French’s Mtn, and bushwhack

28 Jan 2021: Blueberry Hill and overnight on the deck

30-31 Jan 2021: overnight on patio in Wayland; see below.

I have improved my sleeping system and have done Mt Liberty and Mt Flume as a test, with follow-up local overnight tests in Maine and Wayland, MA.

I love the nest of 1) interior parka zipped to sleeping bag bottom and 2) outer Frostline kits sleeping bag enlarged with down panels in circumference and at head end. I have made additions to improve its warmth. Celia did the intricate sewing. Thanks, Ceil.

On the morning of 31 Jan 2021, it’s 3 deg F, and I am up at 7am after a 10-hour, warm sleep outside; see pic. 

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Test of sleeping system on patio in Wayland

Not much of a hike out the back door.  A few details for you interested correspondents.

  1. After assembly inside the warm house, I dragged the sleeping setup outside.  Only a few inches of snow; 15 deg F at start of sleep.  Inserting myself and doing two zippers got me comfortable.  Quite convenient.  The down booties kept my feet toasty, while the head end was airtight due to my adjustable down collar that also lengthens the bag.  9pm lights out.  Oh yes, I incorporated a couple bed pillows instead of the under-bag snow for elevating my head—a treat.
  2. Slept well—not like two nights ago on my porch in Maine where it was 25 deg F, and I was boiling hot. 
  3. I had a call of nature at 4:30am but went back for the remainder of the night.  I was cozy. 
  4. One zipper issue that I need to fix, but otherwise quite nice.  The increased girth of my outer bag adds 2 pounds of down, but increases warmth and comfort with added space.  The new head-end zipper on Tyvek provides added warmth and is adjustable; it’s a good addition. 
  5. Getting in and out works fine; just a bit of an effort in my parka/bag combo, which requires zipping up the bottom bag, unzipping and sliding into the outer bag, and final zipping—in that order.
  6. During the night, a little condensation on the inside of the Tyvek produced a few drops on my head, but manageable. 
  7. In deeper snow, I will use my shovel to hollow out a pit to give me additional warmth.
  8. With my set of compression sacks, all the sleeping gear fits into my Kelty pack, which is a bit weighty for me but doesn’t require the ancient sled that ancient Beef needed in the ancient Adirondacks with ancient gear.  The modern gear is tremendous.  The overhead of unpacking and repacking just takes time.

I am ready for another overnight in the Whites.