Mickey wanted to follow up with you to say a big "Thanks!" for all the support and orders. We went to REI and he spent about an hour of very intense trial and error and fake-snoring-filled test runs before settling on the new Big Agnes Q-Core. The thing is super cozy and warm, with an R-value of 5, it should serve him well in all seasons. A little on the heavy side, but a comfy night's sleep is worth a few ounces. He topped off the setup with an Exped pillow.
All in all, it's been an excellent experience for him, and he's beaming with the pride of having earned all this himself. We'll be taking a test trip in a week or two. The true test will be if he wakes up with the mattress still under him or if it hasn't been stolen by me :)
He's got a good start on savings for a sleeping bag, and working on new product ideas to raise the rest of the money needed - I think he's leaning towards self-tensioning guylines. Once he has that sleeping bag, he'll be all set for his cross over to Boy Scouts! He may even open a website to support ongoing adventuring he has in mind such as rock climbing, and eventually college.
Kier & Mickey