8 April 2007
Does it always rain on Easter? Yes, it seems to and this year it is cold for South Texas. My cats were all sitting at the door and when I let them in I looked at my outside thermometer. It was 34 degrees F with a slow rain. We could almost get a little snow. How about a bit of freezing rain?
I thought quick, time to check my new one layer Polarguard Delta and Silk Sleeping Bag. I got out my MCA Cat Tarp and hung it on my deck. I am about to get out my Bivy and new sleeping bag and try it out.
I am wearing my Patagonia #2 wool hoody and bottoms. Patagonia silk weight glove liners and Double Wright Socks. With my start-off AT gear list I would have an Ex Officio long sleeve hiking shirt and convertible pants, an insulated vest, a second pair of socks, a Marmont Ion or something like it and VB socks. This then is what I have to play with to see if I can stay warm enough to make me happy. Note that I will not try and sleep if I am cold.
I am using my new sleeping bag inside my Pertex Quantum and Cuben Bivy laying on a GG Polycryo Ground Cloth.
After about 30 minutes I decided that my lower body needed more pad under it for insulation. I was only using a 1/4" GG pad cut to fit inside my sleeping bag. I had another short piece of GG 3/8" pad and that did the trick. My upper body was now nice and warm but the tops of my legs are still a little cool. Not cold but not warm enough to make me happy. It was now about 38 degrees and a slight breeze and a little rain. I moved onto my side and got warmer. After about an hour I went back inside.
I think I have a way to add another layer of Polarguard Delta to my legs without adding any additional weight or at best only a very small amount of extra weight.
Back to the workshop.