Thanks for the ideas. I'll def practice some with my treking poles. I think the primos may have actually been what I was using that failed on the first shot. Somehow I disengaged the yoke at the top and it fell off with the first shot. My tripod (KDC) has a L shaped piece (what the binos attach too) that is attached all the time and make a great platform, KDC also sells at yoke that you can put it the bino adapters place. The KDC is very quick to deploy, I just brain farted.
Laramie is right on as far as the shot, to far in that wind, and remember wind is almost always a variable, not a constant. Great story and lessons. Either get new buds or go with less gear solo. The sleeping bag situation is the truth, having been in the infantry and spent alot of time sleeping on the ground I always pack my gi goretx bivy sack as insurance for being wet or an extra layer for freezing my back side off. Spence
Did you use the Big Agnes pad? I think their bags use a pad that goes in the bag to make up the bottom layer. I don't own one as my Marmot has been good for me down to single digits and only a 15 degree bag.
I was using a Klymit insulated infatable and a BA foam pad. Went back and looked at BA temp ratings and the "Zero" degree rating is more of an extreme lower limit than a usable measure.
Spence, curious how much the bivy sack would increase comfort temps? I'm trying to decide if I should do something like add a bivy sack and puffy pants and keep the BA bag, or pick up a Western Mountaineering bag and call it a day.
Then maybe keep it for better weather and get a cold season bag. That's why I have more than one bag. When in doubt go warmer is my go to plan though. The older I get the less I like sleeping cold. Makes for a loooong night.
I think it ads some comfort and warmth for sure as it becomes the outer layer and seals in heat. I always carry it in day back or harness system when out solo as an emergency shelter weighs maybe a pound or pound in a half.