Wandering Daisy wrote:Why are you limiting your camping in the Sierra to 10,000 feet or under? There are entire huge basins that are in the 11,000 foot range (such as the wonderful upper Kern).
It was just a general elevation. My buddy is not into exploring the higher elevations and i was thinking of him being along on the trip, but you're right. 11,000-12,000 should be a consideration, since i believe i will have to begin going solo more to see what i want to see.
as for wearing a down jacket while sleeping, i've started bringing a lightweight down puffy this year for around camp, when my friends and i like to hang out and chat/BS/eat/etc. so it's already in the bag along on the trip.
as for general quilt vs bag, i REALLY like to stretch my legs out and toss and turn. it's always been constricting for me in a mummy bag, but i've always considered a necessary evil and made do with the design. now with quilts, i can sleep as i like. i'm 6'-0", and just over 200 lbs. it was such a revelation to me this summer in the new summer-temp quilt. i didn't think quilts were that great either at first. just a weird fad. in the end it's all part of the fun. dialing in your gear, testing new ideas and approaches.
thanks for all the insight everyone. very interesting, helpful, and fun to read.