norco17 wrote:ExcitibleBoy wrote:Hotoven wrote:I did Rainier late last summer, and It didn't get below frezzing, so I wouldn't worry about a parka.
One of my friends did raineer two years ago. He said he got temps below-5F. You want a parka!
I guess every one is different. I haven't owned a parka until now, and I haven't used it yet. I was in -30F (with wind chill) 2 weeks ago in the White Mountains, and I was cold, but not shivering. I was not stupid enough to stand around, but when I would stop for water, I would get cold fast. Since that time though, I bought a parka because my friends who had them didn't burn as many calories and were not as beat as I at the end of the day.
I have also used my 20 degree sleeping bag for winter backpacking when it got down to -16 in New York. Sure I was cold, but I still slept fine. Whats winter backpacking without a little discomfort anyway?
I know a lot of you may think I'm stupid for doing stuff like that, many of my friends do, but I don't care, a true dirt-bagger doesn't worry about comfort, they worry about getting the job done!