Tuesday, January 4, 2011

One long cold night

Well I got the fire started and ate some food. Got my bed set up on a Ridgerest foam pad. I had my dog Remi with me. We went to bed about 10pm. It was 0F degrees outside the shelter. I was very warm inside my sleeping bags. When I would breathe into the air my breath would freeze and fall back down onto my face. Seeing as my shelter was only as wide as my sleeping bags Remi was sleeping on my bag. While she was helping me stay warm I apparently was not helping her stay warm. At 4 am she started shivering. I decided I made it six hours and it wasn't worth hurting my dog over a few more hours. I got up got dressed and walk the mile back to the house. The current temp was -3 F.

I am over all happy with my sleeping bags. The big zippers make it easy to use and don't get caught up on the fabric as much as bags with small zippers. The ability to close your self in the bag with only a small opening where your nose would stick out really helps keep the heat it. The female version of the bags also have a fleece pocket to put your hands and where your feet go is all fleece.

The night was a success and over all fun. All my equipment worked well and think I spent my money well.

Equipment list for the night.
- north face snowshoe sleeping bags The North Face Snowshoe 0 Degree Sleeping Bag Long
- MSR snowshoes MSR Evo Snow Shoes (22-Inch, Navy)

- Danner Gortex boots Danner Men's Apb-All Leather Uniform Boot,Black,10.5 D US
- Filson socks Heavyweight Primaloft OTC Socks in Dark Grey Size: Large (9 - 12.5)
- REI down jacket
- Canvas tarp Mustard-Tan Heavy Duty Canvas Tarp - 6ft. x 8ft.
- Ridgerest sleeping pad Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite Sleeping Pad (Large, Silver/Sage)
- Kelty internal frame back pack Kelty Coyote 4750 Backpack (Nite Sky)
- Columbia grouse 3 pants Columbia Men's Grouse III Pant,Flax,34x32
- OR gloves Outdoor Research Men's PL 400 Gloves, Black, Small
- Gerber multi tool Gerber 01471 Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi-Plier, with Sheath
- Kimber ultra CDP II

If you have any other questions on other gear I used just ask.


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