Aug 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm #1293279
Its been a few years since I've gone backpacking, and this is my first attempt at going ultralight/light. I've been gaining insight from BPL and picking up gear throughout the summer… Please take a look at my 3 season list and let me know what you think.
-Thanks in advace, EricAug 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm #1905717
I think the answer to your questions would depend on the elevation that you plan on camping at. You can probably do without the fleece for hiking(you have the down jacket for insulation when stopped). But if you are planning on camping @ 4000ft+, I would want a warmer bag. For reference, Leconte lodge has already been reporting lows near 40f this week. But if you intend to stay at a lower elav temps should be much milder.
What about clothing worn? Pants? Might want some tights or a baselayer depending on the forecast.
CalebAug 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm #1905743
yea, I think your right about not needing the fleece for hiking. Campsites for the trip will be @ 3000' and 5000'. Also, I'll just be sleeping in my hiking clothes… pants/long sleeve shirt.Aug 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm #1905984
Five StarBPL Member
@mammomanLocale: NE AL
JMO, but unless you regularly use that 0-degree bag for winter camping somewhere, I'd sell it on gear swap or something and put the proceeds towards a proper quilt. A 30 degree quilt +/- combined with clothing should get you down to 20 if needed….and if you're camping at 5000 ft. in the Smokies next month, you should be prepared for the possibility of freezing temps. Rain also.Aug 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm #1905996
is it safe to assume there will still be bugs in the smoky's in the end of sept?Sep 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm #1909119
My list has been updated and I would love to hear what you guys/gals thinkSep 28, 2012 at 8:48 am #1916388
david richardsonBPL Member
Eric, I am interested in how well you have found this bug net to work. I am looking for an item like this to use with my weight weenie hammock. daveSep 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm #1916429
Steve MeierBPL Member
I was just in the Smokey's and did a three day, 56 mile loop from Clingman's Dome to Lake Fontana. The first two nights at low elevation were gorgeous and my 30 degree quilt was more than sufficient. The last night near the ridgeline by the Dome I absolutely froze in high winds and about 30 degrees. I wore two shirts, a windshirt, and puffy and my rain jacket and pants to stay warm. If hitting any elevation at all you'll need glove liners, a beanie and some layers, especially if in a hammock. By the way, I used my Nano 7 hammock for breaks and loved the set up. The best 12 oz I carry for relieving the achiness of my feet and back and just relaxing. I had no need for a bug net throughout the hike.
Enjoy! The leaves are just starting to turn and I saw three bears up close and personal.Sep 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm #1916431
Steve MeierBPL Member
Dave, I use Papa Smurf's tulle bug sock for my Nano 7 hammock setup and love it. You need to treat it very gently but only 2.75 oz.
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