With a little dusting of snow this morning and a nice cool night ahead it looks like tonight will be great for testing out a few things in preparation for winter camping. I set up the new four season tent when I bought it a few months back, but I’m curious to see how well it vents in the cold. It is an Easton Torrent 2P with full double walls and large, zippered vents in the inner to move the moisture out. Well that is the idea anyway, but finding out will require sleeping in it on a cold night like tonight.
Just as well I suppose as it will give me a chance to refresh my memory on how well the Enlightened Equipment 20°F Prodigy quilt did at its rated temperature. Combined with my down quilt and lots of other insulation I took it sub zero last year, but I can’t recall how it did by itself. Getting ready to review that quilt for Trailspace and while I have been very happy with it as I’ve used it, that bit of data is important to include.
Trying to get back up to speed with writing reviews and writing here, but it seems hard after a long season on trail. I have almost caught up on trip reports though and have managed to post one new review last week. Hopefully the logjam is breaking and I’ll be more productive now…well unless we get some good snow and I get my sled together and my wife gets her new snowshoes…OK, if you don’t see me here you may have to find me out there!
You are much more adventurous than me. I’ve been curious about winter camping but never made an attempt to stay out past early November. I imagine it must be beautiful to wake up to though. Sometimes when I snowshoe early in the morning before the day begins I’m in awe of the tranquil winter beauty.
Winter nights are very long, but the stars are amazing to see once the cold takes the moisture out of the air. I love getting up in the middle of the night to stand in awe of the view though I don’t dare stay out too long or my quilts will get cold and I’ll have to warm up my bed all over again.
I’d be interested in trying it someday as your description is lovely.