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Sounds like you'll be doing a low alpine Sitka Blacktail hunt. It's going to be awesome .Late august South East Alaska. I think I was told 2000 feet range?
Sounds like you'll be doing a low alpine Sitka Blacktail hunt. It's going to be awesome .
There is some good advice above, especially from @Marbles .
If you're going to use a guide, then go with their recommendations. But otherwise, there are a couple of other considerations I don't think have been touched on. The first is you mentioned a bivy. That will make you more wet than a tent due to condensation. Even a floorless tent would improve on a bivy, so given this is your first time up, I'd suggest sticking with a tent if that's your only reason for going with a bivy. If you meant that you'd put a bivy tent inside your regular tent, that's not necessary. After you have one trip like this under your belt, then sure think about whether you want a bivy next time, but go with the tent the first time out.
Regarding down bags, some good points above. I use a down bag; they're better in almost every way except that if they get really soaked, it takes a very long time (way past your trip length) to dry again, and if it is cheap, low-fill down, it also flattens and stops insulating when wet. That's why high end down bag makers use water-resistant or water-proof shell material, and so you should check the waterproof rating of whatever shell material is used on a given bag before you buy one. But a little water or condensation on a good quality down bag isn't going to be a big deal; it will still loft and insulate unless it's really soaked, which you can easily prevent.
For example of the importance of shell material, someone above mentioned Western Mountaineering. If you get a WM down bag, even their least water-resistant bag shell material (Extremelite) has the same water resistance rating as the rain fly on a Big Agnes or Kuiu tent (1,200 mm). So if you take even moderate precautions against getting it soaked with a bag like that, you won't be at a disadvantage with down. The low weight will be appreciated if you end up needing to bust brush for 1500' elevation to get to your 2000'+ hunting area (I would say if you're flying in to a lake or something, though, a super-compressible lightweight down sleeping bag isn't necessary, and you can save money with a heavier and bulkier synthetic at the same temperature rating).
Last thing, yes use a dry bag, or just put it in a plastic garbage bag inside your pack (I've done that many times-- works fine).
I have a feathered friends sleeping bag and it’s a great bag. Well built and I have no doubt it’s temperature rating is accurate. I would highly recommend them.These are the two I am looking real seriously at.
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Have you looked at historical temperature and weather for a town near where you will be hunting? That should give you an idea.Has anyone actually been to Alaska around august? Trying to figure what temps I’m looking at for a caribou hunt on the NBR.
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Go with a legit 15-20 degree (T Comfort level on EN rating) bag with a pad that has a high R value. If it gets too cold, you can sleep with layers on. If it is too warm, open the bag up.I’ll give that a shot. From what I’ve read it says around 40 average
. But be prepared from 5 degrees to 65. Pretty big gap to fill.
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