How important is it to think in terms of a complete sleeping system (as opposed to just a sleeping bag and pad) for wilderness adventures? Quite important in my view. There is nothing more important than a good night’s sleep in the wilderness and a well thought out sleeping system will go a long way in achieving this goal.
At this time, my sleep systems consists of 10 gear components and varies a lot from season-to-season and type of trip taken. You can go directly to my current chart of options (a spreadsheet in PDF format) by clicking on this link: Don's Wilderness Sleeping Systems Matrix. In my sample chart, the individual components of my sleeping systems are listed across the top and the types of trips I commonly take during the year are listed down the left side.
I am sharing my own chart to provide one model of how such a chart could be constructed (other models are possible) and to encourage readers to develop their own shelter-sleeping system chart incorporating:
Additional assumptions built into my sleeping system:
If you were to construct your own chart of sleeping systems, what would it look like? What assumptions would underlie it? Which of the above listed assumptions would be rejected? What other gear areas are most important to you? What other gear systems might benefit from constructing a similar chart (Navigation? Kitchen and cooking? Storm protection? Foot wear?)
Download my current sleeping systems chart (in PDF format) by clicking on this link: Don's Wilderness Sleeping Systems Matrix.
Download my current sleeping systems chart in MS Word format by clicking on this link: Don's Wilderness Sleeping Systems Matrix.