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    Britzen Roen
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    I saw a few hammock setups/comments doing a quick search, I’m new to the hanging game, but am slowly dialing in a system.

    This Winter has turned dismal and we’re down to just a few feet of snow.  Snowcaving, my winter go-to, has slim options at best. I’m so glad I picked up a hammock to try out as a 4 season backup/alternate sleep system in the backcountry. I’ve been out at least once a week now since Thanksgiving, save for last week’s snowcaving, had to take advantage of what snow is left.

    Not knowing how much I’d like sleeping in a hammock, I went with a Bear Butt off Amazon, used a SilNylon tarp I made for the Pacific Crest hike years ago, cheapie foam camp pad, and hacked apart a 32F old down sleeping bag into an underquilt. I followed advice from Shuge on Youtube. Shuge tests his equipment a lot up in Northern MN, my hood, so I’m working towards a sub-zero system.

    The coldest I’ve gone is 0F, so far, and added a sheet of Reflectix on top of the foam camp pad, and switched to a -20bag as a topquilt, which was OVERKILL for 0f, but that’s the bag I bring back to MN in winter time.

    Tomorrow I’ll set up using my new, non hole-filled tarp, and play with adding a static ridge line, though so far, have slept soundly every night. I’m hoping it will reduce set-up time.

    For the most part, the hammock gear translates to useful items for a snowcave, a win-win, and can easily be packed on a pulk or kept in the rigs for overland adventures.

     

    Most of the gear gets used in a snowcave, bonus.

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    Morris Yarnell
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    I saw the youtube thing as well. don’t sleep in a hammock when it’s cold but there were good tips for even ground camping. the mylar and the pad are excellent ideas since you are effectively crushing the bottom and a down bag goes to ‘0’ loft fast under you.

    I did lots of winter stuff when younger, Mt. Whitney and such but those days are long past.

    Happy trails

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    Britzen Roen
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    It’s been 13 yrs since the last time I set foot on Whitney. I spent more time on Shasta, living in snowcaves for a week or so to b/c snowboard. I wish I knew of Reflectix back then, though usually two closed cell pads would suffice. The Reflectix lasts much longer than those old mylar E-blankets, and less noisy!

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