Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
I've spend years camping on the west coast with down now. Summer trips I'm generally fine with a 0* down bag, shoulder seasons I'd take my -7* bag. I've been in the mist zone (no rain forecast, but it misted from 3am to 11am soaking everything) using a tarp/bugnet combo instead of a tent, and I was fine. I've had my open pack fall into a swollen river. My sleeping bag was in its own dry bag and survived. I don't even worry about my bag being down, with proper precautions and care I can keep it dry, and I'm all the more comfortable for it. I also just got a down quilt from Little Shop of Hammocks (here in Canada). Haven't had a trip to take it on yet but so far very happy with it, light and decently made. I rarely zip up my bags as it is.