In our May episode of SD LIVE, Sierra Designs Brand Manager Michael Glavin and I shared our tips for getting quality sleep in the backcountry. This topic should be of great interest — I know many backpackers, especially first-timers and beginners, struggle to replicate their at-home experience when they are sleeping on the ground — or in the air, for you hammock sleepers.
A quick run-down of our talking points:
- Characteristics of great campsites
- Site selection in the context of your sleeping style — back, side, stomach
- Bed-making: shelter/ground cloth, pad, bag, pillow, and knee rest
- Types of sleeping bags and sleeping pads
- Bag ratings
- Insulation types
- Sleeping clothes
We closed the show with “measures of last resort” — basically, undesirable but effective ways to eek out another few degrees of warmth at night. For example, putting a hot water bottle in your sleeping bag works really well, but relying on this strategy each night is not recommended.
Our next eposide
SD LIVE will air next on Wednesday, June 10 at 11:30 AM PDT. I will be discussing backpacking food: types, amounts, recipes, storage, and other related topics. Register here to join us.