In coastal Central California, the winters are relatively mild: rare snow, some dumping rainstorms, occasional floods and landslides, day temps generally above 40 F (4 C), night temps not too much below 32 F (0 C), nothing too tough.
But I hate the long nights.
So my first thought was - why not try more night hiking? Well-known thru-hiker formula: get up well before dawn, hike for an hour or two after sunset, then make camp ... and I still sit around or sleep for 10+ hours in the coldest part of the day. Uggh.
So why not go all the way?
Hike nights, sleep days.
Putting aside the problems with changing your sleep schedule, I see certain benefits and tradeoffs:
– The days are short, so I don't have to sleep or sit around as long.
– I sleep during the warmer day, so I can use a lighter sleep system.
– I might need warmer clothing for night hiking through the coldest hours.
– I will need better lighting and more batteries.
– The extra clothing, lighting, and batteries will offset the lighter sleeping bag, so roughly the same base weight.
– A solar panel could recharge batteries while I sleep, with the solar panel in an optimum location, instead of on top of a pack.
– If I time trips around the full moon, I could still see a fair amount of scenery.
Has anyone tried this?
Do you see other benefits or problems with this scheme?