Unexpected airline delays and layovers are way too common these days. It seems Lou and I experience them on almost every backcountry ski trip we take. They’ve become less painful since we’ve started adding a sleeping bag to our carry on luggage. My bag of choice is Mountain Equipment’s Helium 400.
The 28 degree bag weighs in at 29 oz. It’s also a cozy cocoon for hut trips where you’re dealing with maybe a cold, but not subzero cabin.
Features I like:
The Helium isn’t made with water resistant treated down which would be an improvement that would make this bag more versatile. Overall, for sheltered bivvys, I love it as it is.
For the size of a smartphone, you can add terabits of comfort
with Klymit Inertia sleeping pad. Ultra lightweight at 7 oz and surprisingly comfortable, it gets fully inflated with 10 breaths.
WildSnow Field HQ update:
Lou installed a higher resolution webcam at WildSnow Field Office HQ in Marble. We still need to improve the snow stake so it’s easier to read. I think we might just mark every 4 inches with a bold line (4 inches equals approximately 10 centimeters). We’ll also paint bold lines on the visible structure 12 inches apart so overall snow depth can be estimated. If there’s not too much snow on the satellite dish, the camera will take photos between 6:00 and 7:30 every morning. Check it out at Marbleski.org.
Recap of WildSnow posts for the week of 11/17-11/21 2014: