/ Sleeping bags...
I'm about to do my first walk combined with a couple of nights of winter camping. I recently bought a 3 season sleeping bag with a recommended comfort limit of -5C.
Forecast for where I'm staying is -3C both nights. Will I freeze my nuts off or will the bag perform as it should? What else, if anything shuold I consider? I will be wearing a good base layer and eating lots of lovely wayfarer meals (yummy).
with this info there will be a more informed answer
Cold doesn't bother me usually. At home I sleep with windows open and in boxers but I guess that's not the hot cold question answered and I know in my house under a duvet is a long way from what I'm doing.
If so, this is the important bit I think: "Comfort Lower Limit -5°C", that sounds like the EN 13537 standard (google it for more info) which is standardising sleeping bag ratings. I'm reviewing a third bag rated that way currently and have come to think that it is very accurate for me at least. I find I can sleep comfortably in a bag at that the lower comfort limit, wearing a base-layer, a hat, a buff and a couple of pair of loose wooly socks.
So I suspect you'll be fine! If you're not, wear a jumper as well, then you'll be fine. :)
Eat well, have a cup of warm tea before bed etc. With a thermarest you'll probably be good as well, but sometime putting a rucksack etc. under you can make a big difference if you don't have enough insulation below you.
Put on some clean dry socks, base+mid layer and hat and you should be fine.
A couple of tips;
- put a spare layer between your legs so its warm if you need it in the night.
- Fill a sig bottle with hot water and use as a hot water bottle (wraped in your spare layer (also means you have water hand in the morning)
- pee, drink a hot drink, pee again, then go to bed. If you don't you'll probably need in the night :( in which case just get it over and done with and go otherwise you'll probably have a sleepless night of needing to pee.
Banshee 200 is a nice little tent for the price, I've never had condensation issues or anything with it.
the limits sound fine and for a 2kg bag you sure hope it can handle such temps.
You're on the right line with food, eat a good amount of nice fatty food and it definitely makes you feel a few degrees warmer.
After many, many years of sleeping outdoors I have come to the clear conclusion that wearing more and more clothing inside your sleeping bag is never particularly effective. Conversely, a thick down jacket spread over the top of a sleeping bag can work wonders.
Do you sleep 'hotter' or 'colder' in comparison with the average person.
If you have a large group of people all camping out with the same tents and the same sleeping bags, the chances are that in the morning some individuals (who 'sleep hot') will invariably have a great night's sleep regardless of how cold it gets, whereas other individuals (who 'sleep cold') will consistently complain of being cold despite everyone else being fine.
It is hard to be make any objective comparisons, but it is fairly standard for people to get to know whether they sleep 'hot' or 'cold', at least compared to their spouse/partner, which can help inform decision making.
Do you find yourself half in and half out of the covers in the morning when loads of other people are moaning about it being cold?
I prefer the bedroom to be a bit cooler that the GF does, I lay there in my boxers while she puts on the fleecy bedsocks and winter PJs.
I would agree. Plus getting in to a highly insulated bag with cold layers on will take you longer to warm up so if you can bare it, strip down to your base layers as people have recommended, do a few star jumps and dive in to your bag.
If you get cold put a hat on !-)
You'll be fine.
<Little thumb-up likey thing here> :)
Alpkit have excellent value for money down bags. Excellent if you ain't gonna get wet!
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