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sleeping in wool blankets

Discussion in 'Shelter & Sleeping' started by ledders666, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Goatboy

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    Good one too Ross, must admit to not being adverse to using some sort of hot water bottle when sleeping out, either a mini rubber one or a Nalgene (which will take the heat). Makes a huge difference on a cold night and during the day you have water to drink. (Also means in bad conditions you don't have to melt snow for breakfast so saving time on those "Alpine" starts.)
    I'm sure like you say that our forbears wouldn't have been against stacking the odd for themselves. whether a fire or sleeping on an ember bed.

    Keeping your sleep system clean also helps with loft - used to be appalled at the state of some sleeping bags coming in to be cleaned. You wouldn't let a dogs bed get in that state.
     
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    Great thanks, now I want one!
     
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    Im interested in trying the boone challenge style of camping when the wearmther warms up a bit so ive been buying up blankets from the charity shops. Ive started an attempt at a canvas and wool blanket swag bag, its a rough cotton sack about 7ft long with two queen sized witney blankets. I havent decided on any padding or waterproofing for the base yet but im probably going to wax it all over.

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    I have toyed with the Idea of this set up. Not for long though. I wouldn't imaging it being much fun on a cold night going through all that again after getting up for a pee.
     
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    I slept in a wool blanket in my hammock a few times. I always sleep in my clothes, and I personally found my comfort limit when it was 10C at night. Anything below that forcasted, i will either bring a 2nd blanket, or my sleeping bag.

    Maybe next time I will try 2 blankets, but I don't want to carry twice the volume of the sleeping bag, but it was nice to be able to throw it over my shoulders when sitting around the fire.

    Summer time it is perfect to just throw it over top of me, but I did feel the cold a bit on my feet.
     
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    The video reminded me of carrying out 'Last Offices' and wrapping dead patients.

    Wrapping yourself like that could well restrict blood flow to your feet/lower legs, not a great idea in the cold I'd have thought.
     
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    Good read,,, really enjoyed it,,,
     
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    I like the look of that cotton sack, where did it come from?
     
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    I hate being mummied up like that :sigh: Just fold over the sides to stop draughts and draw your feet up. That's why the gathered skirts of the arisaid work; just lie down and pull the feet up under them :)

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  11. sausage100uk

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    From GI surplus, I dont know what they were originally for.
     
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    Cheers mate, pity GI surplus are trade only
     
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    Thanks to all of you for sharing your information: I really enjoyed reading this thread and have gained some useful tips. Once the weather is warmer, I'll try to sleep out in the blankets I've acquired over the past year.
     
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    …..or, a lot simpler than loose blankets is to try (if you can find one), the Czech army blanket sleeping bag. Wonderful summer bags.
    So pleased at £13 each, I bought two!

    - Just searched and these things are still easily available on line, but the price has increased somewhat...…….
     
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    I have two blanket systems that I will back against my sleeping bags...
    The first is "The Beast" a military blanket faced with a second "blanket" that I made from old fur coats that I cut up and patchworked together... there may be Mink in there somewhere along with Sable etc...
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    In my hammock with a CCF mat below it is equal in warmth to a -10 rated sleeping bag used as a quilt.
    The last two pictures are from the Winter Moot 2019.
    For summer I have the "Baby Beast" Rabbit fur blanket backed with a cotton fabric
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    Both are a lot bulkier and heavier than my equivalent sleeping bags - but very cozy!:)
     
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    How paleo! Real fur means windproof leather. Fur side inwards like Inuit and First Nations "sleeping robes."
    I've got two fur-like fuzzy velour blankets and a wool "wrapper" on the bed. A better anaesthetic than ether.

    I'd rather not wax anything meant to go against the ground. A waterproof tarp is much more of a multi-purpose item
    which needs next to no maintenance.
    I have never seen anything but rug-like blankets as ground coverings in teepee (surface damp soils) or pit houses (very dry).
     
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    I do use the blankets fur "in" - just "out" for the photos (or warmer conditions):)
     
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    Thanks to John and Robson - I'll scour local charity shops for fur coats.
     
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    That Polish officers sheep hide coat is sold here old but unused!
    Germans and Russians used during WW2 sheep hide coats without that outer green layer. They had been very large like the polish coat in the link fitting over the normal layering system including the woolen coat.

    Such stuff is very nice to have in a camp.
     

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