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Old 07-06-13, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by chefisaac
My hats off to you all who can tour in the summer time. I just got back from a four day tour and today was dreadful. Hot and humid. The first 20 miles were great but then the heat started to get worse and it made the next 37 miles really sucky. I should have pulled over for a few hours or something along those lines.
It helps a great deal to get much of your mileage in when it is cool. When it is really hot I like to have an hour or two in before sunrise. If possible hang out somewhere shady and with water for the hot part of the day. Swimming or even just dipping you feet the water in feels great when the day is hot.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
It helps a great deal to get much of your mileage in when it is cool. When it is really hot I like to have an hour or two in before sunrise. If possible hang out somewhere shady and with water for the hot part of the day. Swimming or even just dipping you feet the water in feels great when the day is hot.
I think this far was a big mistake I made. I didnt think about it going into this tour. Once I did hit the destination area, I did seek out some place with AC but perhaps I should have strung along the mileage a bit. I did get a 5:45 AM start everyday and usually wrapped up around noon or so.
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Originally Posted by Machka
A few general tips ...

-- camp near water (streams, lakes, etc.). The air around water can sometimes be cooler.

-- pitch your tent under a tree, and in fact, make sure there's going to be shade over your tent all evening, and also in the morning.

-- pay attention to the direction of the wind, and position your tent so that as much wind as possible will blow into your tent.

-- if you use a fly over your tent, and if you know it isn't going to rain, remove the fly.

-- don't zip up the doors etc. ... leave the mesh zipped so you've got bug protection, but open the tent as much as possible.

-- use your sleeping bag as a mattress ... sleep on top of it. I carry a sarong, and use that as a sheet over me just in case the temperature cools off a little overnight.

-- bring a bottle of water into the tent with you. I find that if I sweat a lot during the night, I wake up very thirsty. Sipping water through the night helps.

-- try soaking your handkerchief in cold water and folding it over your forehead when you go to bed.

-- take a cool shower or dip in the stream or lake just before bed.
Great advice but I'd just leave the bag at home and consider whether or not I need a sleeping pad at all.

If you're on a sandy beach, soft grass, or pine needles you might be comfortable enough without the padding which holds a lot of heat against your body.

Site selection is the big thing. If you know how to spot a cool campsite you'll be much happier.
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My tours usually involve a range of temperatures, so the sleeping bag comes with me. But even if I knew the whole tour was going to be very hot, I'd bring my sleeping bag because I like sleeping on top of it. It's a nice fluffy down one, and makes a comfy mattress cover. Actually, when that sleeping bags wears out a bit, I'll probably go to a quilt, like what andrewclaus uses. I could do without the zipper.

Regarding a sleeping bag liner ... personally, I don't like them. I have a silk one which Rowan gave me and which I've tried to use a few times, but I feel trapped inside it. I like to have my feet loose, especially if the night is hot. And that's part of the reason I use a sarong.

A sarong is versatile ... I can use it as a sheet, I can fold it up and tuck it under my head as a pillow, I spread it out on the ground as a picnic blanket or towel at the beach, I can use it as a towel after swimming at the beach, I can wear it as a dress when I'm doing laundry or on very hot days when I want something cool and loose, I can wrap it around me like a shawl on a cooler evening. My sarong is one of my favourite pieces of camping equipment.

But if you're interested in pursuing the sleeping bag liner idea, here's a selection of them from the MEC website:
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Originally Posted by chefisaac
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A liner for a sleeping bag? What do you mean by this?
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This is the silk one I use. When hot, I use this as my sleeping bag, then as it gets colder this goes inside the sleeping bag or I might use the sleeping bag as a blanket over it.
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Just got in from night one of my trip. I rode into town I saw 70 degrees on one of the bank time/temp signs. A bit warm. Rained in the evening but managed to get to the campsite and get set up in between rainshowers. I ended up leaving the 'rainfly' on the door open all night long since it was just rain and not storms...it also helped that I had a building immenently(sp?) right beside me with an overhang from the building to help keep a bit of the rain off. It wasn't until around 3AM that I put a shirt on and I just slept all night long in the cycling shorts. I didn't use anything to cover up with. Definitely a rather strange night. Not quite what I expected for a night camped out. Boy, it sure sounds like I really overpacked for this trip. Not knowing where this trip is taking me, err, when I'm going to be getting home(3 weeks from now or 3+ months from now) kinda left me having to overpack so I could be prepared for just about anything.
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