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    Default CDT NB from july-jan, which sleeping bag would you bring?

    I made a thread pertaining to which sleeping bag I should take on my cdt trip from july through january a few months back but I'm still not satisfied with the information I have and my head still spins when I consider which bag to take. My current sleep system choice is
    http://cascadedesigns.com/therm-a-re...season/product
    http://cascadedesigns.com/therm-a-re...solite/product
    http://www.westernmountaineering.com...s&ContentId=46
    Which is still too heavy and expensive for my liking and I've also considered the warmlite triple bags but they are heavy and bulky.
    I think I'm put off because of the fact this isn't going to be a full winter trip and I'm unclear on just how cold it will realistically get which makes the weight and expense hard to justify.
    If you were going to take this trip which sleep system would YOU use?
    P.S. stay on topic please, not interested in random lectures about the trail. Thanks

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    I'd take a 20-30 degree bag for the first couple of months, a 5-10 degree bag for the next 3 months and a 0 degree bag for Dec.-January.

    On our SOBO hike I used a 10 deg. bag the whole way; my husband started with a 20 deg. and switched to a 5 deg. in mid-September. We had a few nights where we were cold, but not many. We had a few nights where we were hot, but again, not many. For our NOBO we used a 20 deg. bag until mid-September, then switched to 10 deg. bags for northern Montana. Again, some cold nights, both in NM and MT, but not unbearable.

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    The CDT is cold. I'm starting in April NOBO and taking a Montbell 20 degree bag. It is heavier than I like but nice and warm. Being cold at night gets old real fast. For the warm days I just leave it unzipped. It's my only piece of gear that weighs more than I like but I'll consider it a luxury. The CDT is cold.
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    I'm with Spirit Walker for the summer/fall but I would go with at least a -10 bag for the winter part. If there is one with a gore tex cover that is even better. I have a older Moonstone -15 with gore-tex exterior and it is great. It's hard to keep your tent dry sometimes in the winter - you will pack it wet and if it's cloudy, it will never get dry. The Gore tex keeps the bag dry, even if the tent is wet.

    Don't know about the Neoair winter pad. I would be inclined to use the solid pad instead. It will be one big snowfield by January and you are going to want to have something you can sit on when having lunch or taking a break.

    I use a 20 degree bag exclusively between the months of April and October and it works ok. That would be my choice for a good summer thru-hike bag.

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    When I was in Glacier in early July this summer, it was in the 40's at night, mostly due to the fact we were always camped next to a glacier feed lake. One morning actually woke up to frost inside the tent. But during the day it would quickly warm up to 90+. Totally insane.

    I agree a 20* bag is about the lightest you want to go for summer time and you can't possibly have a bag which is too warm for the dead of winter.

    I still don't think your gonna get far once winter sets in, but that's a whole 'nother issue.
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    I'd consider the quality of the bags too. Western Mountainnering is the only bag i've used that hasn't seen a drastic drop in the loft of the down over a thru hike.
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    It's not what you want to hear, but if you don't know what kind of bag to carry on the CDT in the winter, you probably shouldn't be tackling the CDT in the winter.

    Hiking the CDT in the summer is a big deal, but something most people can do if they plan carefully. The CDT in the winter, solo, is orders of magnitude more dangerous and should only be tackled by someone with large amounts of winter camping experience along with winter mountaineering expertise.

    If I were doing a backpacking trip in the winter, I'd probably carry a -20 down bag. To layer in the bag as necessary, I'd have some good fleece clothing and a warm balaclava and warm long underwear top and bottom along with warm socks worn only for sleeping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colter View Post
    If I were doing a backpacking trip in the winter, I'd probably carry a -20 down bag. To layer in the bag as necessary, I'd have some good fleece clothing and a warm balaclava and warm long underwear top and bottom along with warm socks worn only for sleeping.
    And a Pieps.

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    I'll road walk if I have to, I'm not dedidicated to hiking in the mountains and I'm getting winter training courses in jan.
    I'd be all for spirit walkers idea except it's expensive and I'm trying to avoid messing with the PO, as annoying and dreadful as it is I plan to carry everything from the start rather than rushing to keep a schedual for mail drops. Do you think a WM 0 degree bag wearing some layered clothes underneath could be sufficient?

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    Even if you follow the Great Divide bike route, you will be in the mountains on seasonally closed roads much of the time with avalanche issues. (Pieps and avalanche course advised) The upside is that those roads get a lot of snowmobile use in the winter which provides a path to ski or snowshoe. The snow routes are shown on the USFS travel maps so you should get those for the places you will be in the winter. WY is dammed cold in the winter, the warmer the better on the bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearcreek View Post
    WY is dammed cold in the winter, the warmer the better on the bag.
    And windy. I can't imagine crossing the great basin in the winter. The wind chill alone is probably minus 1000 The problem with the CDT is much of the trial is exposed. Makes for great views though. Better pack a neoprene face mask and goggles.
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    I actually looked at your list. I own a Western Mountaineering Antelope Super with Gore's older Dry Loft shell. Fantastic bag. True to it's rating or below while sleeping in all of my clothes. The WM Lynx is the next bag in the WM lineup that I would consider for what you want to do. PLUS ample clothes including down jacket, booties, full insulated head covering, draw the bag's collar & hood up tight, and sleep in a proper, windproof, full enclosure tent winter tent.
    I am also shopping for a new sleeping pad. The NeoAir Xthem is a better buy than the All Season. Higher R-value & lower weight. The extra $40 is well spent.
    Wind and cold are dangerous. Insulation costs money and adds to your pack weight. Fact of life.
    Assuming that you get to Chief Mountain in January, how do you plan to get to transportation from the end of the trail? Hail a helicopter? It's a hike out to the highway. I reckon everything for miles around is closed in January.
    Good luck.

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    ARE YOU SERIOUS? You obviously haven't done your homework.

    Forget about sleeping systems on the CDT for the moment! DO YOU KNOW WHAT HIKING THE CDT IN MONTANA IN DEC IN DEC IN JAN IN JAN WILL ENTAIL? DO YOU KNOW WHAT GOING THROUGH THE WIND RIVER RANGE DURING THE TIME WHEN YOU"LL BE HITTING IT ON A STRAIGHT NOBO CDT THRU-HIKE WILL ENTAIL WITH YOUR TIMEFRAME? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THE TYPICAL WEATHER PATTERNS ARE LIKE IN YELLOWSTONE NP WHEN YOU WILL PROBABLY BE ENTERING YNP?

    This may sound harsh and blunt but IMHO it's something you NEED TO HEAR. YOUR following statement here tells me you have no/little idea of what hiking in those areas will be like given that hiking window. It's not going to be a typical hike for a good portion of the "ORDEAL!"

    "I'll road walk if I have to, I'm not dedidicated to hiking in the mountains and I'm getting winter training courses in jan.
    I'd be all for spirit walkers idea except it's expensive and I'm trying to avoid messing with the PO, as annoying and dreadful as it is I plan to carry everything from the start rather than rushing to keep a schedual for mail drops. Do you think a WM 0 degree bag wearing some layered clothes underneath could be sufficient?"


    AND, you want to go cheap? AT, that time of the Year? AND, you're not dedicated to hiking in the mountains? AND, you think you are going to walk roads? AND AND AND...Snap out of it! Wake up! You are setting yourself up for failure or an aborted CDT thru-hike AT BEST! You think having three sleeping bags for the CDT can be expensive? First, buy medical insurance, life insurance, and be prepared to pay S&R for their services.

    Given a July-Jan window you might, PROBABLY WILL!!!, be BETTER served doing a flip flip or leap frog CDT thru-hike OR doing some of the CDT and finishing it up another year.

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    Getting worked up are we? Did you get it out of your system?

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    Colter was right. Didn't like hearing what he said either, did you?

    Have a great hike Timinator.

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    If you have the character, like COYOTE ROB, come back here and put me in my place or tell us how your CDT thru-hike went given how you are organizing it!

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    Fyi, I'm doing a flip anyway. You need to seriously chill out, perhaps be helpfully informative with information I can use instead of acting deranged. I'm here for information not to please the internet tough guys like you.

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    No one on this thread is trying to bully you. I'm not trying to bully you. No one is trying to get in a debate with you. No one here is trying to take something from you or prevent you from accomplishing your desires. I'm here(we're here) to support you by assisting you achieve your hiking/gear goals. We are trying to give you something. Something that others would deem valuable. If you feel I'm not offering worthy advice BASED ON THE CONTENT OF YOUR STATEMENTS than ignore me. I'll even avoid contributing further to this or any other of your threads. If you feel you are being bullied that may be because the way you are approaching opinions and quite possibly pushing some worthwhile information stubbornly away WHEN THOSE OPINIONS AND INFORMATION WERE GIVEN BASED ON WHAT YOU SAID.

    Perhaps, saying anyone is acting deranged is incorrect. Perhaps, maybe, you didn't correctly say what your real intentions were because EVERYTHING I've carefully read and reread that you posted here has NEVER mentioned ANYTHING about doing a Flip(flip flop thru-hike) until just now with your seemingly annoyed divulging of this NEW bit of information. You do understand there are differences, sometimes major differences, and possibly added logistical issues, between doing a straight(continuous in one general direction) thru-hike and flip(flip flop) thru-hike particularly with your hiking window and the trail you've chosen to hike? Do you understand this new bit of info MIGHT BE JUST A LITTLE BIT IMPORTANT TO PROPERLY ADDRESSING YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT SLEEPING BAGS OR A MYRIAD OF OTHER POSSIBLY IMPORTANT ISSUES? It's not my intention to sound condescending but I(we) need to know you understand they are not the same hikes! You stated YOU WERE ORGANIZING YOUR *CDT HIKE NB from july-jan*. Which to me meant you were attempting a straight NB CDT hike, most probably a thru-hike given your 7 month hiking time frame. You never said ANYTHING about a flip and it's my illusion every other poster got the same message from you! - a straight NB(NOBO) CDT thru-hike. Now you are changing the rules in the middle of the game by saying something else. ALL my previous statements were based on what you told me! Tell me I(we) missed something in all your previous posts up to to your #17 post and I will gladly apologize and refrain from sharing anything after that.

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    This thread is like 5 months old. I don't have an obligation to keep people updated on my plans. You might want to check that out next time. Even if this was a new thread, giving me constructive information other than "don't do it" would have been better.

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    I hope you've changed your plans to make this a SOBO attempt, which would have a better chance of success. Parts of Glacier can still be iffy early in July (as I found out last year), but at least you can get through there. When you get to the desert of NM, it will be winter and reasonable hiking temps.

    The NOBO plan has you starting in the desert in 100+ degree temps, then ending in sub zero temps and deep snow. A flip-flop might work, but the timing through Colorado might be tricky. You don't want to be there too early or too late in the season. Ya just can't count on the weather cooperating any more.
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