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sleeping bags! 19-Sep-2007 At 9:32:19 AM ant
>Ant - I wanted a bag that would be warm enough for huts in the Rockies
>in winter, & also for bivvying in the car to get an early start on ice
>routes in winter. is a -10 rated bag enough for this? I was thinking I
>would need a warmer bag for this, hence thinking -20deg... I wouldn't carry
>the bag on climbing routes much, but I would carry it ski touring etc.

I have never used the huts in Canada, so not sure on the availability of blankets or stoves. I can put you in touch with some local knowledge based in Calgary if you like.

A -10 down bag did the trick when sleeping in the back of a 4-runner. I'd probably go for a -10 synthetic bag if doing extended ski tours in a tent, or even look at renting a synthetic bag.

There is little difference between day time and night time temperatures when it gets really cold, just wind chill variations based upon wind direction and speed. You probably won't bother climbing ice if the outside temperature drops below -20 deg C, being too brittle and really hard to get a stick or place screws. However the boarding can be great during cold snaps - the snow pack can become facetted, or fine and soft like icing sugar. But don't forget the avi gear.

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