Sleeping Bags – will this work?
imho its best to buy a decent sleeping bag as there in nothing worse than having a poo night sleep. trust me i know i though on excersize once i would take a jungle doss bag it'il be fine nope far from it i had to be taken back in with mild hypothermia!
this is what i live by now
PriorPosted 8 years ago
I think you might still be a bit chilly. Another option would be to buy another cheap bag and double it up with your current one. Probably about the same price as the pashmina idea and a fair bit warmer since a double bag traps a fair bit of air. You might need a bigger bag for the outer layer so that both of them loft nicely and so it might be a bit bulkier and heavier. It's also worth buying a down jacket so that you can hang around and admire the views in the evening and you can drape this over yourself inside the sleeping bag to add some warmth. Don't wear it though as you lose the insulating value of the bit you are lying on top of.
I'm very jealous! Was in Ladakh last August for my honeymoon and loved it!Posted 8 years agostevomcdSubscriber
Just get an Alpkit bag. Won't cost that much (a little over £100) and they're great. Have slept in mine on the Cairngorm plateau with 2ft of snow around. Kept my merino baselayers on 'cos I thought I might get cold, then woke up sweating in the night and had to take them off!Posted 8 years ago
Okay, thanks for the responses. Basically I'm in Dubai so decent camping kit is hard to come by – people over here are only interested in Prada and alcohol…
I can get a The North Face – Blue Kazoo down bag out here but it's quite expensive where psahminas are cheap! I quite like the idea of a second cheap bag though…Posted 8 years ago
stevomcd – the AlpKit bag that I was looking at http://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=16416&category_id=253 was GBP 150…Posted 8 years agoB.A.NanaMember
If you've got a decent down jacket to sleep in then you might be OK, maybe with a beanie on your head and base layers. Just make sure you have a big evening meal and all your base layers are clean and dry. The other thing that works well for trapping air and adding a season is a decent bivvy bag (not the cheap plastic bags), it also keeps the outside of you sleeping bag clean and dry, if you can get one over there.Posted 8 years ago
In short I'm off to the Himalayas at the end of July where I'm cycling the Manali Leh highway. We'll mostly be camping and I'm told that the temperature will drop to just below freezing at night.
Rather then buy an expensive sleeping bag I’m planning to have a liner made for my cheap synthetic two season bag (EuroHike 250 I think). Essentially it will be a cotton liner that is fully lined with a silk/ cashmere mix material (two big pashminas!).
Any ideas whether this will be warm enough – I can get quite cold at night? I can always sleep in my clothes on for the really cold nights – down jacket, long johns etc.Posted 8 years agograhamhMember
Things may have changed since I was last out in Nepal over 20 years ago,Posted 8 years ago
but there where plenty of shops where could hire expedition rated sleeping bags for the duration of your trip.
Saves you the expense of of buying one, and it saves a bit of weight/space in your luggage.SurfrMember
If you've got a decent down jacket to sleep in then you might be OK, maybe with a beanie on your head and base layers. Just make sure you have a big evening meal and all your base layers are clean and dry. The other thing that works well for trapping air and adding a season is a decent bivvy bag (not the cheap plastic bags), it also keeps the outside of you sleeping bag clean and dry, if you can get one over there.
I worked with a Russian mountain guide who used to use one of those rectangular caravan sleeping bags which only came up to his waist. He wore his down jacket to cover the top half and a hat to keep warm at night. He slept on 1/2 a karrimat which he had cut and used to store loose as a liner to his pack. We looked right prats in our goretex bivi bags and lightweight tents next to Anatoli. He had been guiding for 20 years and had lead teams to Summit Everest and K2. I learned a lot from that man! I still take a full bag, thermarest and bivi though!Posted 8 years ago
The topic ‘Sleeping Bags – will this work?’ is closed to new replies.