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Old 08-24-2012, 02:08 PM
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EagleRiverDee EagleRiverDee is offline
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Backpack: Granite Gear Vapor Trail
Sleeping Gear: BA Q-Core SL, WM Versalite
Shelter: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Eagle River, Alaska
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I've used a candle in a snow cave to both heat it and light it. That works pretty well. Snow caves are actually rather amazing as far as their ability to be fairly warm and to be sound proof. Slept very well.

I am a cold sleeper and so my typical set up is to have a bag rated for 20 degrees lower than what I expect, and on top of that I wear some version of a long-john layer (lately has been synthetic bottoms, merino top) plus a balaclava, plus warm socks, plus a hot water bottle, and a puffy on stand-by just in case. Yes, I know...seems ridiculous but I have thyroid disease and my internal combustion system doesn't seem to work that well at night. In any case, the above system has been used many times and works well to keep me warm. Oh, I also use a double mattress system- I use a 12oz insulated air mattress (Peak Elite AC) combined with a z-rest on top to better insulate it. The extra bulk of the z-rest makes a big difference in my comfort, temperature wise and therefore makes it worth carrying. I used to sleep just on the zrest but that's gotten less tolerable as I've gotten older and achier. Haha.
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