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  2. As others have said a warmer sleeping bag will help, you could also add an overbag to your existing bag. I had one I used for a summer bag and then for a layering system in spring/fall. A better sleeping pad makes a huge difference, I love my Exped DAM (down air mattress) and they make a less expensive synthetic filled mattress. Be warned since it’s warm, packs small, and is light it’s not cheap. As they say strong, light, inexpensive.... you only get to pick two. As far as tents IMHO those really light weight all mesh tents should be called 1.5 season tents. Get something that has good ventilation but isn’t all mesh. My favorite all around tent is/was the Walrus Terromotto, 3/4 season convertible tent with big mesh panels on the inner tent that could be zipped closed in harsher weather. That said that REI tent sounds fine.
  3. Thanks everyone! I’ve been looking at all the equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothes) to see what I can do to be able to sleep while camping. It sounds from everyone’s suggestions that the sleeping bag would be the first to replace. I’ll also look at insulating pads. Space is a consideration. This thread started with the tent but perhaps I’ll downsize that later. Too bad I can’t try out the sleeping bags right now, including looking into them, Christopher! Stay healthy!
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  5. I'm with the others it's not the tent, though you might think about downsizing? Lot's of heat wants to escape from head,neck, hands and feet, so I'll suggest the obvious for the shoulder seasons: fleece neck warmer (no matter how tight you cinch the collar, that river of cold air wants to splash you in the neck) and hat, silk glove liners, and wool socks.
  6. We don't kayak camp, but we do have and use a 4 person tent from LL Bean, which has gotten us through some heavy rain in Canada. Having been the coldest I've ever been while camping in ME in May, I took the advice of an extremely knowledgable coach, followed by receiving even more knowledge from an older Eagle Scout (Eagle Scouts are like Marines: they are one for life, and I'm married to an Eagle Scout:)) salesman at REI in Reading. It's as follows: Get a sleeping bag rated down to 4 degrees F or lower, designed for women. Mine is a Marmot and I've never been cold. In summer, when it is warm, I sleep with the zipper open or on top of it with a homemade fleece liner. Get a good, albeit expensive pad with an extra layer of lightweight fill. The one I use is from NEMO. It's extra long but it inflates with a foot pump. I'm 5'4"but the X-long fits my bag and I'm not falling off it and onto the cold, cold ground. I don''t know how well these will fit in your AvocetLV; I had one prior to my <16' PilgrimLV, whose hatches are small, but a warm bag and pad are key to comfort. PS: I'm not a fan of blow-up pads, for sanitary reasons, and I'd be especially leery now with the virus. The foot pumps are really so easy to use.
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  8. see you Sunday. I was on a cocktail zoom today with Generous Gardeners - the group that is making GLoucester so gorgeous. Liz
  9. I finally figured out that I should wait until I'm going to bed to blow up my Big Agnes sleeping pad, so my warm breath warms the pad. When I did that at the same time I was setting up my tent, all that warm breath was wasted and my body heat had to reheat the pad. I have a single tent that is cozy, yet high enough for me to sit up. I think the smaller space helps. Liz
  10. Janice , I have the men's version of that sleeping bag and find it marginal if the nights are chilly. I f I feel the need I'll wear merino long underwear (top and bottom) and at times a fleece top over that. And, as others have said... use the hood and snug everything up . I like the bag because it packs down nice and small but may look into something a little warmer for the shoulder seasons.
  11. Looking forward to the Sunday brunch! The Happy Hours have hit the spot.
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    NOAA chart 13394, 2017. Double sided 11x17. Cobscook Bay, Lubec Narrows, and Quoddy Head to Bailey's Mistake. Courtesy of John Ozard.
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    NOAA chart 13394, 2017. Double sided 11x17. Cutler to Quoddy Head. Courtesy of John Ozard.
  16. Janice: If you check the REI reviews of that bag, you will see some have found it "colder" than expected and it is actually comfort rated to 46 degrees. Here is an REI link which explains temperature ratings which you might find useful. Taking ratings with a grain or two of salt is wise since they are not based on experience in the field, but lab measurements at best and make assumptions of ideal use conditions. https://www.rei.com/blog/camp/understanding-sleeping-bag-temperature-ratings Ed Lawson
  17. I agree: First is a correct sleeping bag and using it well - not wearing too much clothing, and using the hood, and any draw strings to keep warmth contained. Second: An effective insulating sleeping pad. If you wake up cold a bit of food can make a difference. A combo of carbs for a quick warming and some protein for the rest of the night. Even doing everything right my wife gets cold so we resorted to an old winter camping trick. Turn a water bottle into a Hot Water Bottle by heating water on the stove before bed and placing the bottle in a thicker hiking sock. She keeps it at the foot of the bag and has not been cold since. Crucial: Check out the bottle that you are going to use before going. Fill it with hot water, make sure that it does not leak, and that it does not become soft and split. Al
  18. Saw Bill's post that Capt. Bill has retired and OC up for sale. Fear not, unless COVID19 requires it to be closed, current plans are that it will be operating this summer for camping and, of course, launching boats. Ed Lawson
  19. Those are all great suggestions! Thanks! I think I get cold easily. Dan, at my age, I'm lucky if I only get up once to pee! This is what I currently have: REI half dome 2+ womans mountain hardware thermic micro ultralamina 32 degrees sleeping bag. I bought the Sea to Summit sleeping bag liner last year before the Jewell trip and it helped but it was freezing one night. I think I don't need a 2 person tent, just a comfy 1 person. The double openings and big size probably makes it hard to keep warm. Something under my sleeping pad for more insulation sounds like a good suggestion too. I'll check out your suggestions, Cath, thanks I was thinking I'd better get a move on it with the REI sale! Warm down booties sound wonderful! I bought a warmer down jacket (REI 850 down) this winter and I love it and keeps me warm. I can't wait to paddle and camp! Janice
  20. All good suggestions. I emphasize the importance of a sleeping pad that insulates well, using the hood on the sleeping bag which is important, and using various bits of clothing to fine tune for temp. Often if you seem slightly too warm the first hour, you will be about right in the morning. Have some snacks it a good suggestion. Since everyone has different comfort ranges and women tend to need warmer bags, difficult to give specific advice. For me, a legitimate 40 degree bag is more than adequate May through Sept. camping on coast, but I cinch hood down and use various clothes layers as needed. I doubt tents provide much in the way of helping to keep warm although if you close all the doors, etc. I assume there is a benefit. Caveat is I prefer no using a tent at all so biased. Ed Lawson
  21. I have had really good luck with the REI Passage 2 tent, and it is not very expensive. Plus REI has the 20% off special going until April 6th that I think will work. I have tended to avoid the mostly mesh tents as I find them cold, and I like the ventilation of the Passage 2 as it has top vents. It is a little bulkier than some but my boat is also pretty low volume and I use compression sacks and squeeze it in. https://www.rei.com/product/168433/rei-co-op-passage-2-tent-with-footprint?CAWELAID=120217890009873420&cm_mmc=PLA_Google&product_id=1684330001&ad_type=pla&channel=online&partition_id=478694200797&target_id=pla-478694200797&brand_flag=&adgroup_id=30320809120&campaign_id=371830840&location_physical=9002738&cid=105507178240&network=g&network_type=search&device_type=c&merchant_id=1209243&gclid=CjwKCAjw95D0BRBFEiwAcO1KDGVoI_yoc3tH5WZ0cbVByDzFXyamhDZhLldmnyAUkoE0XfOVivorrxoC0OsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds I am also going to be giving the Big Agnes Van Camp SL2 tent a try this season. It is also on the more affordable side and looks promising. I read lots of reviews and have high hopes for it. I cannot officially vouch for it yet though. https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/product/151584/big-agnes-van-camp-sl2-tent?CAWELAID=120217890005617956&cm_mmc=PLA_Google_Outlet&product_id=1515840001&ad_type=pla&channel=online&partition_id=133231646200&target_id=pla-133231646200&brand_flag=&adgroup_id=16301317480&campaign_id=184376080&location_physical=9002738&cid=55518619600&network=g&network_type=search&device_type=c&merchant_id=1209243&gclid=CjwKCAjw95D0BRBFEiwAcO1KDI9kkdpt62fuYLRS0Ixg42smX6oqBJ4CakbGSw9IRWRgkhuAdzg_0hoCTt8QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Stay away from the REI Quarterdome as the fly does not hold up well, and when that goes you get seriously wet! Also this thermolite reactor extreme liner from Sea to Summit may be useful. I take it most of the time. When it is warm I can use it inside my bag but with the sleeping bag itself unzipped. https://www.rei.com/product/797114/sea-to-summit-thermolite-reactor-extreme-sleeping-bag-liner?CAWELAID=120217890000845708&cm_mmc=PLA_Google&product_id=7971140012&ad_type=pla&channel=online&partition_id=279652200469&target_id=pla-279652200469&brand_flag=&adgroup_id=15724606120&campaign_id=180122080&location_physical=9002738&cid=52774014640&network=g&network_type=search&device_type=c&merchant_id=1209243&gclid=CjwKCAjw95D0BRBFEiwAcO1KDChbh3CR5JkzUxp2YLvjs78WGM2Fnihl3w815BKcH_qtChPa2R6dVBoC3uQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds https://www.backcountry.com/sea-to-summit-thermolite-reactor-extreme-sleeping-bag-liner?CMP_SKU=STS0084&MER=0406&skid=STS0084-RD-ONESIZ&mr:trackingCode=04D91163-0459-E411-B200-BC305BF82376&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=plaonline&iv_=__iv_p_1_g_35216582613_c_154694014757_w_pla-583490001725_n_g_d_c_v__l__t__r__x_pla_y_7811_f_online_o_STS0084-RD-ONESIZ_z_US_i_en_j_583490001725_s__e__h_9002738_ii__vi__&CMP_ID=PLA_GOc001&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PLA&k_clickid=_k_CjwKCAjw95D0BRBFEiwAcO1KDFJWFDD4Fmkj3bpxCUaWS3Wz7YqvvVMzCnMUw0O364c1ETpLsd7XwRoCkX8QAvD_BwE_k_&gclid=CjwKCAjw95D0BRBFEiwAcO1KDFJWFDD4Fmkj3bpxCUaWS3Wz7YqvvVMzCnMUw0O364c1ETpLsd7XwRoCkX8QAvD_BwE The photos of the Sea to Summit liner at REI and the one at Backcountry look a little different, but I think they are the basically the same thing. The Backcountry one is on sale (but the REI does have the 20% off on one item.) Sure can't wait until we can all camp together again.
  22. Janice, post the model or temperature rating of your sleeping bag, as well as that of your sleeping pad. Perhaps others on those two trips can weigh in as to whether your bag and pad combination was suitable for the temperatures, or if that's what's causing you to be cold. I typically bring a Tarptent ProTrail ultralight tent on kayak camping trips (I'd recommend a free-standing, side-entry model instead), and a 3.5" thick Big Agnes Q-Core SLX air mattress for insulation from the cold ground. For shoulder-season trips like Jewell and Squam, I'm probably bringing my 25 degree WM TerraLite bag, and adjusting to conditions around camp and at night with some combination of long johns, balaclava, wool hat, down booties, down puffy jacket and pants, and a Sea to Summit Reactor bag liner. Polishing off the leftovers helps keep the internal furnace going, and anything you can do to help yourself fall asleep and stay asleep until dawn (melatonin, benedryl, booze, earplugs, eye mask...) will help as well. Oh, and I'm hesitant to give away this secret since now I'll be competing for the "prime" camping spaces, but there's a reason I often pitch my tent at Jewell back in the trees and ticks rather than out on the bluff with a 270-degree view of the water, and it is "prevailing wind". (Actually, two reasons. #2 is "campfire sparks")
  23. Janice: it is your sleeping bag you need to be looking into (I don't mean "looking <into>" -- you won't see much down there, I guess -- but as in <investigating>!) Get a lower temperature rating bag...easy-peasy!
  24. After freezing on Jewell Island last Spring and freezing again on Lake George in the fall I’m looking for a way to stay warm! I’ve a 2+ person tent that I bought awhile ago thinking my grandchildren could fit in it with me (they have) or my tall son could use it with them. That was good thinking then but I’m the one packing it into my small LV Avocet and freezing in it! I’ve been looking at a small down blanket, warmer clothes, warmer sleeping bag or warmer tent as possible solutions. Any thoughts on favorite tents? Last fall Yong got everyone into taking a hot water bottle and that helped but I was still cold! Thanks Janice
  25. Totally awesome pictures Gary. Thanks for doing this.
  26. Don't you have to heat invisible ink usually with a flame to see the writing? Tough on my screen, GY! 😎 I tell you what, Gary: number 4 is almost identical to the one in Lubec Channel...same sort of design and only differing in detail. I wonder why on earth they ever designed it in <steel>?
  27. For the impatient non-gamers out there, here are the answers in invisible ink (highlight the space below with your cursor): 1. Bug Light-S. Portland 2. Burnt Coat Harbor-Swans 3. Egg Rock-Frenchman Bay 4. Fox Island thoroughfare-Vheaven 5. Franklin-Muscongus 6. Goat-Cape Porpoise 7. Greens I.-Hurricane Sound 8. Hendrix Head-Sheepscott R. 9. Little River ( Cutler) 10. Marshall Point-Port Clyde 11. Mistake (Moose Peak)-Downeast 12. Two Bush-Muscle Ridge 13. Pemaquid point 14. Portland Headlight 15. Pumpkin Island-N. Eggemoggin Reach 16. Whitehead Island-Muscle Ridge 17. Wood Island-Saco Bay 18. Nubble-Cape Neddick 19. Deer Island (N.B.) 20. West Quoddy Head 21. Owls Head 22. Baker Island-near Cranberries
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  29. Photo #19 cannot be in Maine, if it is showing the maple leaf flag painted on it, surely? I could be wrong...(Perhaps the lighthouse keeper was having a bad day after he finished re-painting it and decided he didn't like the state of things and that he's rather be a Canadian?) I reckon I know five of these, maybe one or two more...I don't like these party games, for no one categorically tells you the answers!
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