Through some trial and error I am working on getting my gear setup ready for April (which is getting crazy close by the way!). Back in January I went on a quick overnight trip to Pt Reyes National Seashore. It’s a spot I love and on weekdays (especially in winter) you can wander in at 4pm and still get the exact spot you want. So off I went into the unseasonably dry January to spend the night on a bluff by the ocean. I rushed the miles to make it by dark, set up my tent and sat down just enjoying being outside. It was beautiful and clear and as I sat using my little alcohol stove I noticed pretty cold, actually it was really cold. So I slowly put on layer after layer until I was wearing every item of clothing I had brought, and was still a little cold. Hmm that’s not good. So I decided to go to sleep, I fell asleep but woke up multiple times cold, even getting out of my sleeping bag for some jumping jacks to warm myself up. Lesson? My clothing and sleep system was definitely a no go.
So fast forward to last week, I’ve slowly been acquiring new gear and somehow the stars aligned perfectly for me to go on another short overnight. I was especially excited to get out and play with my tent (a tarptent notch for those of you who are curious). Only in the shuffle of grabbing all my gear and my dog and being generally scatterbrained I forgot my trekking poles. Now this tent uses trekking poles for its poles so no poles means you have a really pricey piece of silnylon to flap around and glare at angrily. But hey go with the flow right? I actually prefer not camping in a tent so I figured I could at least see if my new sleep system worked, and drum roll please…it’s a winner. Thank you who ever invented sleeping bag liners and goose feet down socks. I woke up covered in ice but warm as can be J Some other helpful things I have come across are to eat something fatty before you sleep, your body processing that food helps keep you toasty. And make sure your bladder is empty, your body works hard to keep all that urine warm and who wants to waste all that heat on pee?