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  • Writer's picturePascale Marceau

Nighty Night, Sleep Tight

On multi-week cold weather expeditions, getting a solid night’s sleep is key to success. The trick on these prolonged outings is to ensure your sleep system stays dry, light, and preserves its warming properties.

Our sleep systems comprise of the following (listed from inside out):

- vapour barrier bag (Cocoon)

- down sleeping bag (-30C @thenorthface Inferno , -40C @western_mountaineering)

- high R-value air mattress (@thermarest NeoAir Xtherm, @expedint Downmat XP9)

- dimpled foam pad (@thermarest z-rest, @nemoequipment Switchback)

- tent floor insulating layer (foil bubble insulation from the local hardware store)

Our bodies produce about a cup of water per day through evaporation and we want to keep that moisture AWAY from our down sleeping bag insulation. The vapour barrier does just that!

Tent selection is a question of life or death; on Lucania, winds are commonly well above 100km/hr. To withstand that, we will be living in a trusty, bomber, well-designed Hilleberg black label Staika.

With features like zippers that are easy to find and handle with gloves on,

thoughtfully designed venting for frost and humidity management, a cheery inside colour for those waits for better weather, good storage and hanging options, ease of setup, and tear down in storm conditions, reliable and strong tent pole and tent fabric materials… @hilleberg_the_tentmaker is the clear front runner. We can sleep at ease in our cozy Hilleberg Dome Home.

What does it all weigh?

- Staika tent + foil tent floor = 8.3lbs

- Total sleep system for Pascale = 5.6lbs

- Total sleep system for Eva = 7.2lbs

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