Also to consider is the wet or dry conditions. If you are backpacking on the northwest then expect wet conditions. Do not pick sleeping bags with down fill as it loses much of its insulating capability when wet. Choose light down sleeping bags only if you are traveling southwest where the conditions are desert dry. Choose those with synthetic fill for wet conditions.
As the modern-day equivalent of the old explorers, the backpacker will be exposed to all kinds of climatic conditions on many different types of terrain. He or she must be self-sufficient and prepared for the worst at all times. And preparedness starts before leaving home, with the selection of backpacking gear. Of particular importance is your backpacking sleeping bag. Not getting a good nights rest can lead to mistakes that can mean the difference between enjoying that view of the sunset from a mountain ridge and seeing that same sunset from a Search and Rescue helicopter.
When you're heading off camping, consider the time of year you will be going and whether or not the nights will be cold. Also take into consideration whether you feel hot or cold when you sleep. If you feel the cold, you may want to think about a camping mat to sleep on which will protect you from the cold night ground and provide you with added warmth. It's far easier to unzip a sleeping bag and cool down if you are feeling hot, than it is to shake off the cold.
Sleeping Bag Tuesday , April 03rd , 2018 - 21:52:48 PM
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