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#1 newbie-one


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Posted June 17 2016 - 05:09 PM

Cold ground has been a significant problem for me when camping.  I've tried using an air mattress and blankets, but the cold seems to come up right through it.


Do you know of any good solutions for cold ground?


Some possibilities include a camping cot, an integrated cot/tent, and an integrated hammock/tent.

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Posted June 17 2016 - 05:11 PM

Sleep in the camp fire?





Wait! That wouldn't work quite right....

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Posted June 17 2016 - 05:15 PM

100% wool blankets underneath....Wool keep sheep warm....
IDK...just a thought.

Feather down quilts?

Edited by Moonglow181, June 17 2016 - 05:16 PM.

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Posted June 17 2016 - 05:42 PM

Put an open sleeping bag, outer side down to block out the cold, on the mattress and then your bedding on top of it. It was worked well for us. 

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Posted June 17 2016 - 08:10 PM

i don't have much experience with cold weather camping, but as a general rule i've found that the more layers of blanket between yourself and the cold surface, the warmer you'll be.  this method has been proven to work on the unheated waterbed at my parents' house, which would give you instant hypothermia if you tried sleeping in it without the bottom blankets.

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Posted June 17 2016 - 08:36 PM

Make Sure You  Always Take Someone To Sleep Under You...... :D




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Posted June 18 2016 - 02:31 AM

Air mattress won't cut it, in fact it's completely useless. Get yourself on of those inflatable camping mats (e.g. Coleman

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Posted June 18 2016 - 04:03 AM

The advantage of a thick air mattress (like the side you lay on 10 or 15 cm above ground) is that the coldest air remains under you. But the air mattress alone won't do it of course. But... it's better than a 5 cm inflatable mat in my experience.

Further, layers are naturally preferable because you can get rid of or add more (gettting too hot isn't nice either) just as it suits you. A good sleeping bag is better than a good blanket but an extra good blanket or sleeping bag underneath you never hurts. 

Last (but not least): I never had it or made use of it but one of my friends has thermo underwear and has slept like a baby at april festival campings when the rest were sleeping in our clothes in our sleeping bags. 

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Posted June 18 2016 - 04:18 AM

I've done a bit of winter camping. I remember camping in Michigan during sub zero January. It is bad when your sleeping melts through snow. You could probably find an army cot to keep off the ground. Using a sleeping bag actually rated for the temp that your camping in is also good. Army blankets under the sleeping bag and a tarp under the tent also helps. It's most important to stay dry. If your losing heat through the bottom your losing heat from the top as well.
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Posted June 18 2016 - 02:59 PM

Full length closed air cell foam pad with a high R value rating, 9.5 is the highest. Closed cell, is waterproof.

Here's one, there's lots of styles.


Sleeping bag rated for the lowest temp you will encounter.

If not enough two pads or one closed cell one self inflating.

Wear clothes in the bag.


Small tent helps retain heat. A Eureka Timberline is an excellent self supporting tent that will last years. It's only rated for three seasons though.



Be careful putting a tarp under a tent, you may wake up in a puddle. Better to get a tent with a waterproof floor and waterproofing about 6" up the walls. Then breathable walls with a waterproof fly.

Total waterproof walls just gather condensation and you end up wet.


I've slept in snow before with no discomfort.

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