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Thanks for all the “warm” welcome and advise! I think I’m going to get a new bag, keep it simple. Either the Peregrine EX -25 Sleeping Bag or Ptarmigan EX -25 Sleeping Bag from FF. If I remember, I’ll post a trip report when I’m back!

Thanks again.

WM

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Hello All!

This will be my 1st post here on Wintertrekking.com! Thanks to Hoop for getting me all squared away and all the information shared. I have read a great deal of the posts here and find the information very helpful so many thanks to you all!

A little about myself. I new into Wintercamping.  I started about three years ago after a a somewhat failed trip. I actually don’t like the term failed mostly because failure to me means I’m simply not  ready to move forward. I learn, adapt and over come. I learned a lot from that trip and continued to move forward. I’m from Pennsylvania and really dislike the heat of summer so winter camping has become my thing.

I am a Physican Assistant and started my career in medicine as a Paramedic. So i know how to work myway around a band aid. Sticky side out!  ;D

So moving onto my question with a little  Back info 1st. I will be taking a trip with our friends from Lure of the North this coming winter in Ontario.  I’m pretty sure that I have used up my alotted number of questions for Dave and it’s only August! ( I’m sure he wouldn’t agree as he has been extremely helpful, I can’t even begin to explain!). I am a cold sleeper which is part of the reason I enjoy hot tenting! So, I have a Big Agnes Storm King 0F/ -18C bag and Exped DownMat 9 bag. Dave recommends a bag ratated to about -20c. I  have used the Storm king down to about -10F and needed to vent.  With just being a few degrees away from the suggested rating and feeling warm to about -10F, I’m sure I will be fine however  I was a Boy Scout. So, I’d like to be ready for way colder temps down to at least -35 just Incase. I know that ratings don’t really mean a whole lot and I will be trying everything out before the trip.

 I could buy a new sleeping bag and still may, likely from feathered friends. That would probably be the best option. Since I already have the Storm King  I was thinking about doing the two bag system. I don’t have a summer/ 3 season bag because I typically don’t camp during these times. So finally, onto my question... Which 3 season bag do you think will fit over top of my current Storm King bag with out compressing down and provide  additional warmth with out a great deal of added weight?
Have any of you tried this system with a Storm King before?

 I though about doing a down quit however I like the idea of getting a bag that I can open up and throw over top or use in the spring/ fall. I figure that using an open bag will also allow me to almost cup the bottom of bag over the bottom of the Storm King. 

I have though about doing the other little things to add a few extra degrees to my current set up, bivys, liners, extra clothing, etc. I will also have a Freathered friends jacket with me  but I’d prefer to keep that as a last ditch option in severe cold.

Thanks to all in advance and I look forward to seeing you out on the trails!

Adam

Last details: Trying hard to give all the details!
I’m a side sleeper, and don’t move a lot once I’m out. 
225 lbs
5’10”
Storm King “0 Degree Bag”  (pre-2015 redesign)
Down Teck, 24.5 Oz Synthetic down 650.
 Ground Layers: Thermarest Z-lite 1st Layer, Exped DownMat 9, Storm King, then ?????

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