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Old 02-13-2015, 11:04 AM   #1
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So I did some sleeping bag testing last night...

I have slowly getting together my winter backpacking gear. I still do not have a proper tent but I was anxious to try out my new sleeping bag kit. CF Army winter sleeping bag. I shovelled the back yard, set up my summer tent(all screen and a fly) and piled in for the night...Now I have spent alot of time outside, day hikes, snowboarding, ice fishing(no hut) and I have never had issues but last night was something else! It was -40 celcius with windchill last night.
The bag was warm, the self inflating blow up pad was awful but I can deal with being stiff and sore but it was the cold freezing air I was breathing in that gave me some distress.
I had a facemask with some webbing on the front to allow for easier breathing but that iced up pretty bad and then my breathing felt very constricted, downright painful.
So with no way to really warm up my breathing at this point I jumped back in the house around 0200. At work for the day(office) and still feel the chest tightness, it does not seem that serious but some discomfort for sure.
My question for you overnighters, what do you use to combat the dry frigid air from impacting your breathing/core temp?
Obviously an actual winter tent would help, maybe a tent heater but I was trying to recreate the the conditions I might face backpacking up to 1000 feet elevation.
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