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Sleeping system for summer bikepacking across Europe and over the Alps


I am looking to do a summer (end of July through august) bikepacking trip from Italy back to my home in England. Part of journey crosses the alps. I am just considering whether I need a new warmer sleeping bag for the section where I cross the alps.

I did a trip of wales in the summer last year (end of July) with a sleeping bag with a Comfort:+11° C/52° F/ Lower Limit:+6° C/43° F/ Extreme:-9° C/15° F. I also had a thermofleece liner that states that it boosts temperature by 11° C and a silk liner. As well as this I have a down jacket and some leggings that I would sleep in.

The highest I am planning and want to sleep is at 1000m of elevation although it is possible that I may need to sleep at 1500m in places like Zernez if I can't make it to the next camp site (although I may try book into a hotel instead if this is the case). However, I will also be sleeping in the Mediterranean near to sea level so I need quite a bit of diversity. I was wondering whether I should get myself a new bag for this trip or will my current set up be okay. I have been looking at sleeping bags around 5° C cooler so  Comfort:+5° C Lower Limit:0° C. Will this be necessary or will I need a bag with an even lower comfort rating. 

Thanks, Jamie

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I think you'll be fine in Zernez, that time of year, with that kit.

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