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Sundowner

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..... your hammock and the sleeping bag during winter nights?
I guess I'm looking for something that reflects body heat perhaps a space Blanket?
Thanks for any replies
Cold seems to get to my 63 year old bones ��
 

John Fenna

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I use a CCF mat, an Aldi self inflating mat or, if it is very cold, a down filled air mat...Space Blankets rumple up too much for me...
 

Nice65

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Partially inflated sleep mat, wider the better to prevent cold spots. Hopefully your hammock has a double layer, it's very handy to stop your insulation from moving about.

I do do like my sheepskins, but they're heavy and bulky for walk-ins.
 

IC_Rafe

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Nothing? You use an underquilt when using a hammock. Most sleeping pads aren't made to fit into a hammock.
 

Polecatsteve

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My mossgeil swandri...at night fold to shape. Hate carrying very specific single use items. Like an under blanket for the hammock. In real cold just fire my reusable space blanket into the swanny. Simples.

Have tried rolling the hot boulders from the fire under me before but they can be a pain to move about. Does work though.
 

mousey

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I've been using a jerven bag [exlcusive with the heavy weight insulation] wrapped around me entirely, with the hammock passing through, it has worked quite well so far but haven't used it in real cold yet, not into the minuses anyway. I also have a 3/4 down underquilt which is very light 600g IIRC an packs down to a grapefruit size with a little effort which I would use in addition in colder temps. I made a full size quilt from a standard single size down bedquilt - just a couple of tabs on the corners with a length of shock cord attached by a crab to the hammock suspension - good, cheap [I already had the quilt which was going to get thrown away] but bulky and heavy compared to purpose built walking gear.

So for real cold I'd use my Jerven, with the 3/4 down underquilt and another light weight sleeping bag inside all that opened out and used as a top quilt. [plus hat, thick jumper, neck thing / balaclava, fingerless gloves]

I find it just as much a faff putting a tent up compared to stringing up a hammock an associated quilts.

With my Jerven I also have the option of a bivi if there are no trees.
 

tom.moran

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i use a snugpak underquilt and dd jura 2 sleeping bag in winter. works fine, but when its freezing i use a balaclava too. setup wise, yes its fiddly when you first get it, but now it takes about 90 seconds to get it where i want it
 

DocG

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My mossgeil swandri...at night fold to shape. Hate carrying very specific single use items. Like an under blanket for the hammock. In real cold just fire my reusable space blanket into the swanny. Simples.

Have tried rolling the hot boulders from the fire under me before but they can be a pain to move about. Does work though.
Hoo-Ha! Rocks are a great idea - probably straight out of the old books. I'll give them a try when I have the chance. I like the multiple use approach too.
 

Polecatsteve

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Just watch were you put your feet if you have climb out in the middle of the night.

Be like like a cat on a hot tin roof ;)
Hahaha ye I'll bet. And yes, it is out ye olde books. Can't remember what one. You can do a similar thing for lying on the ground. Roll the rocks into a small depression and cover in soil and bracken then your sleep mat over it. It'll stay warm till morning.

Not advised in frozen solid ground naturally. Youll be there till morning digging.