Nov 18, 2012 at 10:28 am #1296177
@gravesbrockLocale: asheville nc
So here's the situation, I work as a guide for at risk youth year round. I currently use a big Agnes encampment rated to 15 degrees. I'm cold anything under 40. It's large much wider than I am and about 5 years old. The positive side of this is my 50 pound golden doodle fits inside the bag with me. Even with her extra warmth I'm cold when it gets down into the 20's or colder. We only hike 5 miles or so weight isn't as big of issue as being comfortable at night. I was going to buy a nice winter only bag but then my dog wouldn't fit inside with me and even though she has long hair and a sweater on she gets cold.
So what I thinking now is to get a 3 season quilt to put inside my encampment for the both of us. Then I would have the quilt to cut down on weight the rest of the year.
Thoughts? Any one double Baggin it?Nov 18, 2012 at 10:48 am #1929390
Aaron SorensenBPL Member
@awsorensenLocale: South of Forester Pass
I did the same thing with my 27 pound dog at 16* and it worked great.
I used my 15* bag and a homemade 15 ounce quilt with 9 ounces of down.
I also had on a very warm jacket, but I never got even a bit cold.
Bag weight was 2 lbs 2 ounces, so 3 lbs 1 ounce total.
I made an 8 ounce sleeping bag with pad after this for my dog, only because I can now just throw a layer of my bag over her instead of her having to be completely engulfed on my body.Nov 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm #1929403
@retropumpLocale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
It depends on what works for you. Inviting a wet dog into my bag is not something I would contemplate, so I throw a custom 'quilt' over the dogs (I carry a separate mat as well). They are sensible enough to stay under the quilt if it's cold, but not all dogs get the hang of this. If you want to sleep with your dog, then a quilt is the way to go…Nov 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm #1929412
@rayestrellaLocale: Northern Minnesota
I won't comment on the dog inside in winter, but the idea of an over-bag, or over-quilt is not uncommon. I am actually going to be doing this as a side-project this winter, using a 0 F bag along with a over-quilt to take it into the minus teens.
just make sure the quilt has a large enough footbox to fit over your bag, and that it is long enough to make it up to your chin at least. You may need to bolster your head warmth with a fleece beanie, maybe even a down-filled bala depending on how cold you expect.
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