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Q&A How to keep your nose warm in a sleeping bag during the winter?

When sleeping in cold temperatures in a sleeping bag with the opening closed to the minimum — just your face — how to keep your nose from getting cold? I feel like the cold air coming in will alway...

0 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Q&A What would the temperature rating of a space blanket/reflective tarp be?

Sleeping bags have temperature ratings that tell you the aproximate temperature that will be comfortable at. Reflective tarps do not have such ratings, probably because most people don't use them ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What should go in an inflatable sleeping pad repair kit?

While backpacking with an inflatable or self-inflating sleeping pad one runs the risk of getting holes in it. This does happen fairly frequently, and while they do make kits, I would like to know ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would it be warmer to sleep at the bottom or on the side of a valley?

Given that temperature decreases with altitude, and yet inversions happen where cold air is below warmer air, as a general rule of thumb, where would the warmest place to sleep be? Here is one pl...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Keeping a backpack from being stolen whilst sleeping in a tent

In the past, I have always slept with my backpack wedged uncomfortably beside me due to limited room in a fully manned tent, since I'm concerned about bag theft when miles away from civilization. ...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by James Paul Turner‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sleeping solo in a double sleeping bag

I'm buying a double sleeping bag for travels with my girlfriend. Parameters (of the bag, not the girlfriend): 1500g of goose down, 680 in³/oz (393 cm³/g), 90/10% down/feather, rated to -9...-15°C T...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Alexander‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using paddles to support a bug net

Would it be possible to use canoe paddles - and eventually some cords and beach stakes - to hang a bug net such as this? Our paddles will be about 2 meters (6.5 feet) long and can be split in ha...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sleeping in twos in one hammock

My girlfriend and I both like sleeping in hammocks in the outdoors. We now sleep in two separate hammocks. However, I've seen many hammocks that are designed, or at least make it possible to sleep ...

9 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Ben‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Memory foam mattress topper for camping?

I bought a queen-sized four-inch memory topper and cut it into two halves to get two twin(ish)-sized toppers. I use one half on my bed at home, but that left me with another extra half. I've hear...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by rinogo‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Considerations for older campers?

I grew up car camping with my parents several times a year, but as they've gotten older (early 60s), they basically stopped camping. Recently, they've expressed interest in camping again but I'm ...

11 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Chris Mendez‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should one look for in a bivy sack?

After a rather unpleasant experience with my current bivy sack, I am looking to replace it. I know that I want one that will hold up in rain, but what else should I look for?

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is an alternative sleep system if I don't want to use a down mummy bag for winter camping?

I would like to winter camp in a 4-season tent but am interested in alternatives to mummy sleeping bags. I want to avoid that shape. What alternative sleep systems do people use that are appropri...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by birch‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hypothermia risk from deflated sleeping pad

The inflatable sleeping pad I bought last year is leaking air and I'm debating the wisdom of taking a replacement to Alaska in September. When working, it's more comfortable than a foam pad. But I ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by zadrozny‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Pros and cons of Tent vs bivvy bag

Tent vs bivvy bag - different camping experience, protection from the elements, comfort and weight? What are the pros and cons of both? Is it even a valid comparison - e.g. is it viable to rely on ...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Machine Washable Sleeping Cot

I am looking for a machine washable sleeping cot (metal/aluminum frame off the ground). I have seen that most cots are made out of a water resistant material (nylon/polyester/canvas) 600D. I have s...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by user58446‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Two person sleeping bag liner for sleeping bag/staying in a hut?

I am in eager search for any suggestions in terms of a personal sleeping bag liner we use for winter in our zipped together sleeping bags and for our summer tour we’re we mostly stay in huts. We ca...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by canIchangethis‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Self inflatable mats: the more air, the more comfortable?

I always read that if a self inflatable mat feels too hard we should blow extra air in it (with the mouth) to make it softer, more comfortable. My 7.5cm thick Vango Adventure feels way too hard af...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by drake035‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are Oxygen shortages possible in closed bivouacs?

I used to think this question was a bit ridiculous. The volume of air that we take in while breathing may be high but the lungs only consume 25% of the oxygen for any breath and the rest is returne...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by eigenvector‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much of a temperature difference does a reflective sleeping pad make?

There are foam sleeping pads with a reflective surface on one side like this one with instructions to use the reflective side for maximum warmth. I don't doubt that it is warmer, but I do wond...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How comfortable are pump sacks for air matresses?

I am considering getting a new air mattress for situations where I want to save weight. I already have a large comfortable one for when I drive to camping with a car. So I saw a system which cost...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by rumtscho‭

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Q&A What are the nighttime temperatures in Baxter State Park in June?

I'll be hiking through Baxter State Park, in Maine, in June. I am traveling as light as possible as I will be crossing multiple ridges. I have a 30F sleeping bag and a 0F bag. The 30F bag is much...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by mreff555‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the pros and cons of air pads vs foam pads for backpacking?

Backpacking sleeping pads come in two basic types, foam and air, with some of the air pads being self-inflating. What are the pros and cons of each and how would one decide which type to get?

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it warmer to sleep with an empty bladder?

One of the recommendations for sleeping warm is to empty your bladder before bed, When your bladder is full, your body is expending energy keeping that liquid warm. If you empty it out, your bo...

6 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to manage the risks of sleeping and cooking in a camper van?

There is a significant proportion of individuals who enjoy the Great Outdoors that also travel to the wilderness in vehicles converted for camping (RV, Vans, some boats etc). For those living an o...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Venture2099‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How best to arrange a rope that you intend to sleep on top of

Recently i was forced to take a long nap in a particular set of toilets at the top of a particular peak after missing the last bin down. I had no bivvy gear, but the toilets were heated and i was ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by ldgorman‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to pick a good camping airbed?

I'll start with two examples of what I don't want. Two years ago, we bought a double Kathmandu airbed in some camping shop in New Zealand. It wasn't cheap, and it was really good for a month of ca...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by domen‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I attach a hammock to trees?

On my next vacation, I will be camping in a tent on a designated campsite. I saw somebody use a hammock for lounging during the day last time, so quickly got a cheap hammock from eBay, with a "let'...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by rumtscho‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A What sleep quality do you get in the outdoors?

I should say I haven't ever done anything very outdoorsy, but I would like to make sleeping outdoors a part of the bicycle touring which I hope to do. But a worry for me is that I have always had p...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by lazyrabbit‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Snake on chest while sleeping?

Now, this is not very common, however I have heard it enough times from people to know that it actually does happen. When sleeping in the open or in an open tent (yes, i know you shouldn't), snake...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by G.Rassovsky‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are other alternatives to Sleeping pads?

What are alternate options that one can use as a sleeping pad if he/she doesn't have one along? P.S.: Lets assume that he/she has a tent. And we are not talking about any sorts of extreme weather ...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Staying warm in a lightweight sleeping bag

I've got a winter sleeping bag rated down to -40c but its heavy and it won't get that cold where I am going. The coldest it will be is +5 to -5. I've another lightweight sleeping bag rated 5 degr...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it safe to sleep for more than 16 hrs a day at altitudes above 6000m?

I am planning for a trek at the Advance Base Camp or if possible up to Camp II of Saser Kangri. The region is so deserted of people and expeditionists/mountaineers that there are usually only two t...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using a synthetic sleeping bag on/under it's limit

I've got a sleeping bag, rated at 15°c comfort, 6° limit and -8° extreme. I'm planning on a backpacking trip bivvying with a tarp. Currently the nighttime temperature is about 2-4°c. Is there any w...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by tomandco‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does a cotton lined sleeping bag make sense?

I have always been under the impression that cotton is the enemy of a hiker - it absorbs moisture and just becomes a horrible wet casing around you, transferring away all the heat. I was therefore...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Sander‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭