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Okay hunting with a tent I have a great bag to keep me warm down to like 2 below I used it in Alaska and it worked great as we had a small heater inside the cabinwhich kept us to about 20 above. question is what can i do when it is close to zero and no heaster to keep my face and head warm, what do you use???
Cinch the bag tight around your face so just your mouth and nose is exposed and you'll be good to go.
Use a fleece cap and pull your sleeping bag hood tight so just your mouth is exposed.
I wear a wool stocking cap and wool neck that i can pull up and covet my face.
I would definitely plan to sleep with a beanie or watch cap on at night. I have never worried much about my face in the cold. My mug has always been so ugly even the chill stays away! :-)
I always use a wind proof beanie to keep head heat loss to a minimum.
Wear a hat, don’t drink to much to prevent having to get up and pee. Sleep with clothes off and eat a snack prior to bedding down.
Balaclava will work well too if you don't have a mummy bag.
Fleece beanie and a hoody.
Stocking cap and a wide mouth Gatorade bottle.
some good advice already given so I wont duplicate.
On a late season BC stone sheep hunt, I slept fully clothes and then added a down jacket and down pants. Stayed warm in an unheated one man tent down to -10F.
Back pack hunt makes for a simple choice. Use the clothes that you have to carry anyway to do double duty at night and you can get by with a lighter sleeping bag. A neck gaiter and toque (if you're Canadian, eh) will keep your head, neck and face warm.
I just wear a stocking hat. Never much liked sleeping in my clothes but I do sleep in long johns. I used to use my bivy to keep my face warm but the last few years I just run with my head out anyway. Less condensation and I sleep better that way
As you age every hunter needs to master the art of peeing into a bottle in a sleeping bag.
Easier for Lou to pee in the bottle than some of us, especially if you wear your hunting clothes in the bag in cold weather like I do.
If not a mummy bag, I drape a shirt or light coat over my head, including face as needed.
I use my KUIU wool beanie and neck gaiter. It's light and warm. I'm bald on top. Keeps me warm. You can also use a wool Navy watch men's cap.
Sleeping bag liners (silk, fleece, etc depending on temps) sure help. Silk ones don't weigh much either.
Get a fleece sleeping bag liner and wear a bunch of clothes to bed.
After the kids got grown I splurged and bought 10 degree a 6'6" western mountaineering bag that weighs 1 lb 15oz. I have used this bag in heavy snow, freezing rain, best $530.00 I ever spent on hunting gear.
most sleeping bags I use have a built in hood and on really cold nights, like other have stated, a wool watch cap and the hood keep me really warm and comfortable. Also, I purchased a liner for my 17 degree bag and now it rates as a 0 bag. if needed.
I am not sure if wearing your out door cloths helps keep one warm inside the bag. I have worn long johns, top and socks. from more warmth.
I don't sleep very well if I am sucking cold air and my huge beak is cold so I put a hand towel over my face. This warms the air without adding condensation to the sleeping bag. A stocking cap is a must and then everything is just fine.
I wear a hoodie with a unique hood design that works perfectly for cinching tight while sleeping. They are called Melanzana, a small handmade company from Leadville Co. you’d have to check em out to see what I mean.
My cold weather bag is a mummy bag. When sleeping in real cold, say 10 degrees and colder, I don't like it when my nose gets cold and I hate to cinch the mummy hood down to where I've only got a blowhole. So it's definitely a balaclava for me.
Use a mummy bag, fleece balaclava, wool stocking cap, wool socks and keep a 1/2 - 1 gallon, largemouth, screw top bottle available. Also a good insulated sleeping pad and if on a cot place a duffle bag, clothes, etc. underneath cot to prevent cold air circulating.
Thanks folks appreciate the ideas! Stay well.
Coldest I've slept is -38 F in the back of a pickup canopy with the door propped open. Was afraid body moisture would freeze the door shut. Put a very good Eddie Bower down bag inside a cheap rectangular bag with the zippers facing opposite directions.
Real issue was getting the high density pad under me warm. Took about an hour.
Coldest Tent Sleep: -25 Polar Bear Hunting... Had a Mountain Hardware -50 bag zipped as far as it would go and an insulated BA Q Core Pad. Wore stocking cap, neck gaiter, base layer, super down pants and top. Wall tent w/ Tyvek floor sheet on the ice pack. No heater. As long as the bag stayed zipped, I was fine. One night the bag unzipped a bit and I thought I was going to die. I woke up shaking uncontrollably. I rolled around a bit, zipped it back up and finished the night. You can get a lot out of a good bag.
Wool, wool, wool. I sleep in wool watch cap, merino wool base layer and wool socks. Do not ever make the mistake of going to sleep in wool socks that have even a hint of moisture in them. Change out socks to sleep in and wear them the next day. With a -20 bag and wool, I have no trouble staying warm.
What LKH does works for me especially when in the back of a pickup. I use the head and face covers as others have stated as well. As an old guy, l find that l can't dress too warm to sleep when it snows.........badbull