Sharing A Sleeping Bag While Alpine Climbing


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DCarey · Aug 12, 2016 · Missoula · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 5
As my alpine objectives get larger and more remote I have started to look into more light weight options for bivying. I have read multiple accounts of climbers like Steve House sharing a sleeping bag with his partner on a climb. As I browse through sleeping bags online I have not found any that would be big enough to fit two adults while still being light weight. Or is it custom to unzip one bag and use it more as a blanket in conjunction with puff pants and a belay jacket?

If anyone could shed some light on this I would appreciate it.

FrankPS · Aug 12, 2016 · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15

DCarey · Aug 12, 2016 · Missoula · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 5
If it's as fun as they make it look, perhaps I'll bivy more and climb less.

Ben Walsh · Aug 12, 2016 · Louisville, CO · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0
Feathered Friends and Western Mountaineering make bags in a range of sizes. If you're not too big, as is often the case with serious climbers, one of the more generous bags should fit two people.

Jason Todd · Aug 12, 2016 · Cody, WY · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 608
unzip one bag and use it more as a blanket in conjunction with puff pants and a belay jacket

Pretty much.

Little spoon is warmer, big spoon may be preferable depending on partner.

FrankPS · Aug 12, 2016 · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15
DCarey wrote:If it's as fun as they make it look, perhaps I'll bivy more and climb less.
Good response!

Brian Abram · Aug 12, 2016 · Celo, NC · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 208
enlightenedequipment.com/ac...
http://featheredfriends.com/down-sleeping-bags/double-bags/penguin.html
http://featheredfriends.com/down-sleeping-bags/double-bags/spoonbill.html
http://zpacks.com/quilts/twinquilt.shtml
http://www.enlightenedequipment.com/revelation/

I have a spoonbill, and it's really nice if it's actually cold. Too warm in moderate temps. I have an XWide Revelation that is great for moderate temps. I personally pair it with a two person water resistant (top isn't waterproof) bivy from Borah Gear and an 8'x10' tarp . I had a Penguin before the Spoonbill, and I also liked it a lot.

SinRopa · Aug 12, 2016 · parts unknown · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 15
I used to have a double wide bag from Big Agnes, something similar to this: bigagnes.com/Products/Detai...

Even in temps way below the rating, I always roasted in that thing.

DCarey · Aug 15, 2016 · Missoula · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 5
Thanks for the input everyone.

Bill Lawry · Aug 15, 2016 · New Mexico · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 1,399
"I have read multiple accounts of climbers like Steve House sharing a sleeping bag with his partner on a climb. "

Could those reports actually have meant hot bunking?

For example, one person uses the bag for an hour while the other does deep knee bends or some such, swap for the next hour; etc..

... seems more practical than actually getting in a bag together. But I could be wrong about the meaning.

Don Ferris · Aug 15, 2016 · Eldorado Springs · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 0
You don't need an excuse to cuddle up to your climbing partner. It's 2016 man, we accept you.

That being said, I don't think you'll ever attempt something where an extra bag would make or break you. That better nights sleep, being a bit warmer and being able to look your partner in the eye in the morning would probably do you better.

If you were hell bent on sharing a bag with your partner, you could find the lightest 30 degree bag on the market, buy two of them and zip them together. Wear all your clothes including and boots. You're on a misson not a luxury stay at the Hilton. Having two people inside would make it warmer and you wouldn't even have to spoon.

climbamt · Aug 15, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 20
Just remember....

Pole to Pole

or

Hole to Hole

but NO

Pole to Hole

:)

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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