I'm heading out tomorrow for a weekend trip, and the low Sat. night is going to be around 23 F, and some snow starting in the morning turning into "wintery mix" at some point. Sunday's high will be about 25 F.
I'm wondering if it's more pragmatic to bring a 40 oz hydro flask for my main beverage container. Here's factors behind same. I like to go cookless, hence often i don't bring a pot, fuel, etc. It won't be so cold that streams will freeze over, but drinking water that cold, at those temps, kind of sucks. Then you have to keep it warm inside your quilt overnight, etc and that kind of sucks too.
Besides, i like tea a lot. Now if i brought the whole shabang and kit and kaboodle (cook kit), it would be somewhat heavy (i don't have Ti pots, etc, yet).
The hydroflask weighs 17 oz, probably a bit more than the sum of the above, but the convenience factor is high with hydro flask. Granted, that means i'm also carrying all that water for awhile too, which adds a lot more weight. However, i can sleep with the bottle just fine. If i keep it inside my sleep/camp insulation during the hike and at night when sleeping, it probably won't be freezing cold in the morning (though i doubt it will be noticeably warm either). I should mention that i'm also bringing a small evernew flexible bottle with some water for some of the start of the hike, and later i will transfer some of the tea for the start of the return back. I put it in my fanny pack to make it easily accessible. Should also mention it will be a fairly easy and short hike, so i won't be sweating a ton.
WWBPLD? In general, just curious about others thoughts on this. I suppose if one is really attached to having cooked food (i'm not unless it's real cold, lows in or near single digits), it probably would make more sense to bring the whole kit and Kaboodle to begin with, and just use that to heat water as well.
If it was a longer trip (3 days or more), i would definitely bring the cook kit, but for a weekend and easy/quicker hike, i'm really leaning to the convenience of the hydroflask despite the initial weight penalty of hauling 40+ ozs of water in 19 oz of water containers (i'm just guesstimating the added weight of the evernew container).
Do you think having it wrapped up in a hat (or balaclava), down jacket, and down quilt will make a big difference in how long it stays warm?
Geesh, i feel this is sort of a BPL equivelent of a facebook post.... (note to self, get a life for next Friday night)