- Dec 24, 2019 at 2:29 pm #3624031
I’m a chicken in terms of putting on cold clothes, boots, and dealing with frozen water, so I tend to put everything in my bag at night.
What do you keep warm and why?Dec 24, 2019 at 2:36 pm #3624033
Larry SwearingenBPL Member
@larry_swearingenLocale: NE Indiana
My Sawyer Filter if it’s going to get below freezing at night.
You don’t want that thing to freeze. Supposedly it stops working
by bursting the tubes letting unfiltered water get through.
Dec 24, 2019 at 8:24 pm #3624099
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Edward John MBPL Member
My phone and my hearing aids, once I get my warm gear on there is simply no room inside my winter bag for any gear at all. If it’s really cold the gear goes between the down sleeping bag and the synthetic overbag/overquilt; which is another reason for getting overbags extra large.Dec 25, 2019 at 1:56 am #3624117
John VanceBPL Member
@servingkoLocale: Intermountain West
If below freezing I put the water filter under my pillow but not anything in my bag. Sometimes I put my gas canister in an hour or two before I get up.
Deep winter/alpine climbing trips I used a FF Peregrine large sized bag and put water bottles, boot liners, gloves, batteries, spare clothing, camera, and anything else I didn’t want cold or frozen. Most went in the bottom of the bag or along the sides.
I don’t do sub zero trips anymore and just own quilts/lightweight bags. In the occasional single digit temps I find myself I only sleep with the filter and some times a small water bottle so I can get a drink during the night.
Many a cold morning I have beaten a damp frozen shirt that was rinsed out the night before against a rock or tree, put it on and started moving quickly.Dec 26, 2019 at 12:31 am #3624160
Brad PBPL Member
If it’s cold and I’m in separate sleep clothes, I put my hiking clothes in the bag. One of the suckiest parts of a cold morning is putting on cold clothes.Dec 26, 2019 at 12:53 am #3624162
I can’t imagine putting on cold, frozen clothes in the morning, even my boots go in the bottom of the bag. I can’t imagine trying to thaw out boots by wearing them.Dec 26, 2019 at 1:12 am #3624164
Tipi WalterBPL Member
There’s me, there’s Miss Nature’s cold breath at 0F and there’s my sleeping bag. Nothing inside but me and some baselayers/midlayer tops. No phone, no filter, no batteries, no water bottles, no boots.
The last place you’ll ever find a water bottle with me is inside my sleeping bag—as a lid can leak when you’re playing footsies with it all night long.
Plus, I see no point whatsoever in placing anything that needs to stay warm inside a sleeping bag overnight like a phone or a water filter. EX: It’s -10F at night and 10F during the day—you’re out for a 15 day trip—where the heck are you gonna store your phone and filter during the day when you’re hiking?? Against your stomach all day?
And if it’s vital I keep some items at 50F or higher during a trip, well, I might as well stay home and drool over the wall thermostat. Everything I own can freeze solid on a trip and when needed like the water filter or the cellphone—can be placed in my down parka pocket for an hour before use. Afterwards let it freeze up again.
Luckily I carry an old PUR Hiker water filter which can take freezing solid and thawing repeatedly without harm.Dec 27, 2019 at 12:12 am #3624241
Rene RavenelBPL Member
Boots, as others have mentioned. I put them in an inverted waterproof stuff sack first. This kept my bag from getting wet from the boots, and kept the inner surface of the stuff sack clean.Dec 27, 2019 at 7:36 am #3624283
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
The wife.Dec 27, 2019 at 9:47 pm #3624357
+1 on DTDec 27, 2019 at 10:10 pm #3624364
Franco DarioliBPL Member
Some put a Nalgene full of hot water inside the boot. Only takes a few minutesw to work.Dec 27, 2019 at 10:49 pm #3624367
^^^^ thanks for the laugh :)Dec 27, 2019 at 11:21 pm #3624369
Tom KBPL Member
My BeFree filter and a small bottle with enough water for coffee in the morning. Keeping the water at a temp somewhere in the high 50s-low sixties makes a difference in fuel needed to heat it to ~170, and enables me to stretch a 5 oz bottle of alcohol out to 9 days with a little left over, about enough for another day. If it’s going to be really cold, I just sleep in my hiking clothes and whatever extra layers I think necessary. I hate changing into cold clothes on a cold morning.Dec 28, 2019 at 4:19 pm #3624581
Adam GBPL Member
Socks, pants, shirt, gloves, hoodie, puffy, sometimes gas canister if it’s dry. I want to put on warm clothes in the morning; it’s amazing. I’ve never put boots in the bag. I just suffer in the morning.Dec 28, 2019 at 9:31 pm #3624618
I’ve never put boots in the bag. I just suffer in the morning.
Been there, done that. WAS horrible.
A couple of large plastic bags with rubber bands works very well even with wet boots. Warm boots in the morning in the snow – lovely.
CheersJan 11, 2020 at 2:24 pm #3626583
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
IN THE FOOT OF MY SLEEPING BAG: -> insulating boot liners, VBL divers socks, water container, battery operated items
OVER the foot of my sleeping bag-> my zipped up WPB or down parka, to protect it from melting frost off the tent wallsJan 14, 2020 at 10:07 am #3627046
Garrett TurnerBPL Member
Anyone considered making a mini sleeping bag for their overnight gear? This would be in conjunction with a boiled Nalgene bottle and sit pad. Basically just some 6oz+ Climashield that works like an igloo with shock cord on the bottom. Sure it adds weight, but so does extending the length of ones own sleeping bag.Jan 14, 2020 at 1:10 pm #3627066
Need a heat source as well.
CheersJan 14, 2020 at 2:59 pm #3627081
Axel JBPL Member
My alcohol fuel and burner. A warm stove and fuel is much easier to light on a cold morning.Jan 14, 2020 at 6:13 pm #3627117
Looks like you need a shirt, Roger! ;-)Jan 14, 2020 at 7:02 pm #3627124
It was a fine, even hot, day, and we were climbing.
Actually, I had just taken my shirt off because I was too hot.
CheersJan 14, 2020 at 9:50 pm #3627167
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
Anyone considered making a mini sleeping bag for their overnight gear?
One of these global gear companies (S2S?) sold an insulated semi-rigid rectangular stuff sack of sorts specifically as a place to store electronics in a sleeping bag, yet feel soft against the skin. Probably a little overboard as the body will provide the heat, not the padded insulation, but soft it is.
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