Sleeping well in the backcountry. Next Sierra Designs LIVE event, Tues May 12.

The next Sierra Designs LIVE event will broadcast on Tuesday, May 12 at 11:30 am PDT. Register for the event and tune in here.

Our topic will be: Sleeping well in the backcountry. This is a challenge for many, and I plan to offer a series of tips — related to campsite selection, hydration and nutrition, gear selection, and attitude — that might help improve the quality of your Z’s.

In addition to picking up some great info and having the opportunity to ask questions live, those watching the broadcast will receive an exclusive discount on Sierra Designs sleeping bags, details TBA.

If you can’t tune in for the live event, the episode will be recorded and posted afterwards. View the archives of past events.

Posted in on May 5, 2015


  1. Rob on May 5, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Andrew, can you tell us more about the shelter in the photo?

    • Andrew Skurka on May 6, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Sure can.

      It’s a prototype, currently in its Generation 1.5 configuration. Based on my experiences with it in the Southwest last month, we will shortly send off for G2.

      Key design criteria:
      * Modular 2-wall “tent” with separate fly and netting that are functional as standalone items
      * Storm-worthy enough for winter backpacking
      * Light enough for 3-season backpacking

      We’re still working with it, but my prediction is that it will be a shelter that “you actually want to use when you need a shelter.” It won’t win weight awards, but it’ll be superbly functional and comfortably spaced.

  2. Martine Pastorcic on May 18, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I am really surprised anyone has trouble sleeping while backpacking…I wish I could stay awake longer at night, watch the sky, but somehow it is usually not the case. I like the cocoon feel of a tent and 3 seasons modules is what I would be looking for.

    Not a lot of experience backpacking and always short on the planning side, hope to participate in your off-trail challenges, when time+shape allow it.
    A tip have “come up” with thus far is “dried oatmeal”, for me it redefines “comfort” food as I know that somehow it seems to never run out…

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