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Aug 12, 2016
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.
DCarey
From Missoula
Joined Aug 23, 2014
7 points
Aug 12, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: This is similar to sharing a sleeping bag
This is similar to sharing a sleeping bag
FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
279 points
Aug 12, 2016
If it's as fun as they make it look, perhaps I'll bivy more and climb less. DCarey
From Missoula
Joined Aug 23, 2014
7 points
Aug 12, 2016
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. benwls
From Louisville, CO
Joined May 24, 2016
5 points
Aug 12, 2016
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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.
Jason Todd
From Cody, WY
Joined Apr 21, 2012
712 points
Aug 12, 2016
DCarey wrote:
If it's as fun as they make it look, perhaps I'll bivy more and climb less.


Good response!
FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
279 points
Aug 12, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Hawksbill
enlightenedequipment.com/accom...
featheredfriends.com/down-slee...
featheredfriends.com/down-slee...
zpacks.com/quilts/twinquilt.sh...
enlightenedequipment.com/revel...

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.
Brian Abram
From Celo, NC
Joined Oct 17, 2007
418 points
Aug 12, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo:
I used to have a double wide bag from Big Agnes, something similar to this: bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/B...

Even in temps way below the rating, I always roasted in that thing.
SinRopa
From parts unknown
Joined Sep 4, 2013
107 points
Aug 15, 2016
Thanks for the input everyone. DCarey
From Missoula
Joined Aug 23, 2014
7 points
Aug 15, 2016
"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.
Bill Lawry
From New Mexico
Joined Apr 16, 2006
1,718 points
Aug 15, 2016
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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.
Don Ferris
From Eldorado Springs
Joined Nov 27, 2012
143 points
Aug 15, 2016
Just remember....

Pole to Pole

or

Hole to Hole

but NO

Pole to Hole

:)
climbamt
Joined Nov 1, 2006
37 points


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