Down for MidAtlantic OK ?
Posted: 29 January 2008 06:31 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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I see Ray Jardine’s website says that the humidity caused his down bag to go flat on his AT hike.  Does anyone have any experience using down in the Northern Viginia, Maryland and Southern PA area ?  I’m concerned about the summer humidity, as well as the frost prone shoulder months with 60-65 degree days and 35-40 degree nights with rain (like April & October).  I need to lower my pack volume since I’ll be carrying much of my 8 and 10 year old’s gear, but I’ll probably avoid down if I have to unpack and dry 3 bags in the sun during lunch…  Were not planning to hike after dinner, so will giving the bags a few hours to loft up in the tent dry them ?


Posted: 29 January 2008 10:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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I didn’t have any problems with down gear on an AT thru-hike and took no unusual steps other than to fluff-dry my bag every few stops in town (one coin in a dryer.  watch temp- sometimes the thermostat is bad in coin-op dryers).