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Winter bag usage
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jon goldsmith
(jegsmith) - F
Winter bag usage on 08/18/2007 16:30:46 MDT Print View

Im planning to do some backpacking in the adirondacks this winter and have been thinking about using my WM megalite bag. I plan on getting a das parka as well and wear both at night. The bag is designed with a large girth so fitting the das inside should not be a problem. Im not sure, however, if the bag das combo will be warm enough. Lows should be around 0. Any thoughts?

Richard Nelridge
(naturephoto1) - M

Locale: Eastern Pennsylvania
Winter bag usage on 08/18/2007 16:55:03 MDT Print View


Where are you going in the Adirondacks? It can be a lot colder than 0 degrees in the Adirondacks in winter particularly in the High Peaks Region. The temperatures can reach minus 40 degrees F.

Check this link:

Also, are you planning on sleeping in a tent, bivy, snowcave, igloo???


Edited by naturephoto1 on 08/18/2007 17:16:30 MDT.

jon goldsmith
(jegsmith) - F
. on 08/18/2007 18:49:26 MDT Print View

I plan on backpacking in the high peaks region. I would either sleep inside a tent or a lean to if available.

Edited by jegsmith on 08/18/2007 18:52:20 MDT.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Inner bag on 09/28/2007 18:16:24 MDT Print View

I too have a WM Megalite bag.
I've found it OK to +22 F (barely).

But for very cold winter sleeping I'll use either my Mt'n. Hardwear 5th Dimension Polarguard -20 F bag alone or put my Megalite inside at -20 F or lower.

The Megalite is barely a 3 season bag and only then because it's got such great down quality.


BTW, should anyone here think the Adirondacks of New York are not territory that gets seriously cold let me say that I've experienced -40 F there in 1979 as a Nordic Ski Patroller on the last day of the Pre Olympic Nordic World Cup competition.

Edited by Danepacker on 10/10/2007 01:47:51 MDT.