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Sleeping and Camping Systems

By Ed Viesturs - May 4th, 2008

Via Satellite Phone - LISTEN IN!

I’m just going to continue with talking about our sleeping and camping systems. We’re using a three tent, a Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 tent which they graciously modified for me. The inner body of the tent they used lighter weight materials and on the outer fly sheet we had them add about 18 inches or so of extra flaps at the bottom edge of the fly. And in snowy conditions once the tent is positioned and anchored we can actually pile snow on the snow skirt, you might say, and that helps not only anchor the tent but prevents wind from blowing up and under. So this is a very typical Artic and Antarctic scenario for putting these tents up.Right now we are camped on the sheet of ice so we’ve got the tent anchored with ice screws. Inside we’re cooking with an MSR XGK multi-fuel stove. We chip ice every night from these lakes and that’s what we melt to make our water. Our seeping systems consists of a nylon, waterproof, breathable, bevy sack and inside that are two pads that we sleep on and then we sleep inside of a large synthetic sleeping bag rated to about 15 or 0 degrees. And inside that, in really cold conditions, we’ll also put our 0 degree down bag inside of that as well.Every morning we roll up that whole sleeping system like a big burrito. Rather then stuffing everything separately we roll it up and we strap it on top of our sled and that’s how we get ready to go rather quickly. It’s a bulky looking thing when it’s strapped on the sled but it’s rather light. So, again, we had a good day here just hanging out. We’re starting the beginning of our decent down this river and lake system and look forward to the next 5, or 6 or 7 days of rounding the bend and finishing off this really spectacular trip. Thanks for checking in. We’ll call again soon.


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