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Tue 09 Oct, 2018 5:51 am
Unpredictable as weather is, one can only guess-estimate either by previous years and/or experience - that's why coming here asking for local folks about their own regarding bringing the right temp rating sleeping bag
We will be walking Kepler and then Milford and Routeburn starting on November 13th - my question is should a bring a 40F / 4C synthetic bag plus a liner that gives maybe increase the range another 10C (we will have merino underpants too) or just go for a 20F/ -6C down bag? Sure everyone is different regarding cold tolerance, but the concern here is a bit more with volume and weight of choosen bag
Any input/feedback will be greatly appreciated.
Tue 09 Oct, 2018 11:59 pm
PS: I will not hold anyone accountable if I end taking the wrong/less suitable rating bag; after all still is my decision.
Just trying to get amore accurate description of temps of hut's forms.
Wed 10 Oct, 2018 4:19 am
i go +6 comfort rating, with a down jacket for backup, but never needed the jacket, but you still might. if the forecast is good, +8. but i'm used to the weather. people from hot climates notice the cold more
Wed 10 Oct, 2018 9:33 am
I can handle most weather, but my wife not so much.
hmm.... that means the 40F bag will be at its limits.
Well, good to know from 1st hand experience hikers. Thanks
Wed 10 Oct, 2018 10:24 am
Thanks - I use it quite often too
Sat 13 Oct, 2018 10:10 am
Those great walks huts are heated if the temp drops too much I think?
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Sat 13 Oct, 2018 10:41 am
Walk_fat boy_walk wrote:Those great walks huts are heated if the temp drops too much I think?
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there is a stove in the main eating area but its doesnt heat the whole space well on a cold day at all...
the bunk rooms have no heating and are often seperated from the main room by at least a wall orare on a different level , or are in a completely seperate building in bigger huts.
Sat 13 Oct, 2018 1:03 pm
wayno wrote:i go +6 comfort rating, with a down jacket for backup, but never needed the jacket, but you still might. if the forecast is good, +8. but i'm used to the weather. people from hot climates notice the cold more
I doubt Oregon can be called a hot climate....but all depends when and where in Oregon too
Tue 13 Aug, 2019 9:36 pm
Planning our Routeburn walk for late December 2019 and have the same question about overnight hut temperatures. What sleeping bag weight did you decide to go with? Was this a good decision or not? Would love to learn from your experience.
Wed 14 Aug, 2019 8:11 am
can vary massively. can snow.. can be in the teens at night ... depends on the forecast. you're at 1000m for a couple of the main huts, huts are well insulated but sleeping quarters arent heated.
Fri 29 Nov, 2019 7:24 pm
My partner and I attempted the Routeburn a week ago (we couldn’t finish as DOC closed the track between Routeburn Falls and Mackenzie huts due to avalanche risk from snowfall). We both had a -7 bag plus liner and we both sweated it all night. It didn’t help that we both normally sleep naked, but obviously that would’ve been a bit awkward in the huts! So a base layer added additional unnecessary warmth. I think overnight temp was around 4 degrees? It was *&%$#! cold (outside the bag!) and I had the bunk next to the exterior wall, so it was probably cooler there than in the middle of the room. We have +4 quilts at home, but I wasn’t sure how they’d go with the bunks so we left them behind.
As an aside, we were both thoroughly impressed with the huts in general. Clean, spacious, decent sleeping and cooking facilities, on-station ranger, daily weather reports, lightning, heating, flushing toilets. Compare that with Parks Victoria: happy to take your money, but then send a squadron of possums to raid unsuspecting hikers hahaha.
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