Snug up with the right sleep system for winter camping

February 7, 2011

Cold braces, cold bites, cold is your enemy on long winter nights. When late-night temperatures plummet and warmth is precious for sleep, a good winter sleeping system cocoons you in comfy dreamland no matter what the conditions.
It’s in the Bag
For winter camping adventures, you need a winter sleeping bag. Choose a model rated to -20 degrees Fahrenheit for anywhere, anytime, any conditions comfort, though a -10 bag suffices for most winter conditions you’ll encounter in the Northeast. A zero-degree bag is adequate for many people in milder winter conditions (temps down to the teens); it also provides more versatility for shoulder season use when a true winter bag would be overkill…
This column originally appeared in the December online edition of AMC Outdoors. You can read the full story here.

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.