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Topic - How comfortable are portaledges?

needvert on 18 Jan 2013
Only been on one while assembling it for practice.

Unfortunately no one I know in my region owns one, so trying a night on one isn't an easy option, not to mention it's an expensive piece of climbing kit - one does not loan such things lightly.

I'm relatively slim, ~65kg, was thinking about a Metolius bombshelter double, would be used in one of three cases:
- Just me on it
- Me and 75-85kg person
- Me and 55kg person [my partner says sleeping on the ground is challenging enough, she's not convinced it would even be possible off the ground...But I think after a hard days work...]

I suspect comfort is mostly a case of fabric tension and your weight, I figure one can probably make do, stuffing lumps of clothing and sleeping mat into just the right position to align ones back and neck in a good way [back has been a bit irritable as of late, as I've mentioned around UKC!].

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