Besides which a decision should be made beteen the Simmerlite and Xtreme stoves. I still would like to see the Xtreme in action on this trip-- in it's modded, weight saving form. Perhaps everyone should say their say about this.
Ryan F., patiance, man! :-)> We have until Dec. 7. Why are you dropping the quest for fire?
I think that very few people could use the pad system you propose ( and my Balaclava is off to you for your ability to do so)---at least with any degree of sleep induced comfort, even for cold-conditioned me. I would like to see a system more people could emulate. A bad, safety challenging example could be set for those less experienced who might try this for themselves.