Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: spaceship.., , Canada.
Interest: Anything outdoors.
my big @ssed thermarest, down sleeping bag, and a recently 'adopted' small blanket from someone special makes for a much more comfy night for me.
I always wake up with backache after a bag night, but I find stretching once Im up, helps, after a half hour most aches and pains are gone.
If you cant find even ground to sleep on make sure your head is higher than your feet. I made the mistake once of ignoring this and woke up with a nasty headache
I also make a conscious effort to wake up and turn frequently also, since my thermarest does bottom out
As for inflating it, I agree, that is individual, since I took someones advice once on not inflating it too much and woke up sore.
Im not sure there is much else a person can do other than find your own 'comfy space' through trial and error. Hopefully in the meantime you wont suffer with too many aches and pains.
Oh, one more thing, some ppl carry camp pillows, I have yet to get one, but they scrunch into nothing, but can make for the most comfy rest for a tired head, or as mentioned above, between the knees to alleviate back pain.
Its a fine balance between what you are prepared to carry on the trails, and what you can live without at camp.
Good luck and enjoy your trip!!