Chris Townsend, Yosemite to Death Valley Walk

Sleep System Used: Minim Ultra K Sleeping Bag, Filler Sleeping Bag, Wafer Down Trousers & Socks
Full System Sleep Rating: -7°C


Yosemite to Death Valley Walk

Chris Townsend writes about his experience using a PHD Sleep System during a 450 mile walk from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park:

"Until this walk I’d always preferred a sleeping bag warm enough for the coldest likely temperatures and mostly slept in little or no clothing. However, having tried a PHD Sleep System earlier in the year I was impressed and decided the lightest version would be ideal for this trip. It consisted of the 328g Minim Ultra K Sleeping Bag, the 240g Filler Sleeping Bag, 246g Wafer Jacket with hood, 151g Wafer Trousers, and 50g Wafer Socks, all filled with 1000 fill power down. The Minim Ultra K Sleeping Bag is rated to +8°C so, as most nights were colder than that, I also slept in either the Filler bag or the clothing too. I never needed both, even at -7.5°C. I found the system really comfortable and thought of the clothing as my down pyjamas. In the High Sierra where my kitchen was sited away from my bed in case of bears the clothing was great to wear on chilly mornings and evenings."

Chris Townsend's full 10-page trip report can be found in the January 2017 issue of TGO Magazine.