Hi. I’d like to ask for advice on sleeping bags for a Sept Palisades trip that may include carrying it on a climb to bivy.
What bag do you normally choose for such a trip, say camping at Iceberg Lake in early Sept, or Finger Lake, or Palisades Glacier/Gayley Camp and carrying it up a route such as the Swiss Arete on Sill or that long arete of Lone Pine Peak?
These are what I’m currently considering:
Marmot Helium 15F
Montbell UL Super Spiral #1 15F
Mountain Hardware Phantom 15F
Western Mountaineering Ultralite 20F
Feathered Friends Hummingbird 20F
Marmot Hydrogen 30F
Montbell UL Super Spiral #3 30F
I’m somewhat of a cold sleeper but generally sleep in my 1 lb synth parka with a hood (old GoLite Coal) that I typically carry anyway.
I’ve been at Palisades Glacier before when my water froze overnight at 12K feet, and I was a little chilly but did OK in my synth bag + parka combo. The quilt/bag has about 1.5-1.75 inches of loft (made it myself using Primaloft insulation), ~40 oz. Not sure what “temp rating” this would make it, maybe 30degF? OK, that’s about right according to this:http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... ement.html
Thanks for any advice and appreciate any thoughts. I have enough experience there that I should know the answer already, but I’m having a tough time because I’d like it to be as light as possible but still want it to be comfortable and safely warm. And the prices! Don’t want to make a poor choice for $400+.
(And congratulations to Bob and the others on another successful Sierra Challenge!)
(PS—And for those on a tight budget, this could be a good choice; I wasn’t previously aware of this bag:http://www.rei.com/product/809427/kelty ... eeping-bag
down, 20degF, 40 oz, $130 = Not bad! Maybe this is my answer…)