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100% virgin wool blankets for camping?

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Just wondering what you guys think?

Is it worth it to have a 100% percent virgin wool blanket for camping to sleep with a blanket underneath you to prevent the cold from coming up from the ground and also have a blanket wrapped around when you sleep and then your sleeping bag? Helps with the dampness and to help keep you warm.

Myself I don't like itchiness of wool. Is there any other material that is good? I was looking at merino wool. But those prices are crazy!

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I use a self-inflating camping pad for cushioning which also helps to keep out the cold from the ground. I've had it for a few years and it doesn't self-inflate so well anymore, but is easy enough to blow up and you can always add a little more pressure for additional cushioning while blowing it up.

On one camping trip, it was in the low 40's. I had a second sleeping bag so laid it on top of the one I was sleeping in. That didn't keep me very warm. The next night when it was in the low 30's, I put one sleeping bag inside the other and was toasty warm all night. I personally wouldn't have high expectations of just adding blankets to the outside.

Edit: I forgot that I also use an old yoga mat that someone gave me. I'll put that under the self-inflating camping pad.
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I use a closed foam sleeping pad to insulate me from the ground (Therm-a-rest RidgeRest Classic). It also helps smooth minor bumps under my tent. If the weather is especially cold, I use two sleeping bags stuffed inside each other. All together, it works very well for my monthly scout campouts over the winter months.

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JimL wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 5:28 am
The ground is much harder than it was when I was young.
Lol yes! I didn’t have an air mattress when i was a kid.

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I’ve got a nice big wool army blanket I use to throw over the top of me for cold weather camping. I also use a sleeping bag and pad rated for cold weather. The blanket Is itchy, but it’s on the outside, so it doesn’t matter. If I had a nice merino wool blanket it would probably go inside the bag with me. Merino wool is not itchy at all and is the ultimate moisture manager. You have to forget all of that stuff about wool being itchy with merino.
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A closed cell pad under a good, high "R" value air mattress is what you need, the way us backpackers do. I use an expensive Cascade Designs Xtherm as my winter air mattress.
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I can't do the wool, breaks me out. It was an air mattress, sleeping bag with blankets on top, and a 100lb wolf hybrid on top of that- that was my go to for winter tenting back 10 years ago or so.

Not only has the ground gotten harder the last few years, it keeps getting farther away.....

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I like to use a fleece sleeping bag as a liner for common 30* bags and add from there. Goodwill stores are a good source for camp bedding.

And definitely get off the ground in the cold.
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hikerduane wrote: Wed Jan 25, 2023 2:16 pm A closed cell pad under a good, high "R" value air mattress is what you need, the way us backpackers do. I use an expensive Cascade Designs Xtherm as my winter air mattress.
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This gentleman is right! What’s of first importance is to insulate yourself from the cold ground. A lot of experienced backpackers use a closed-cell foam pad, like the Thermarest Ridgerest that someone mentioned earlier, on the bottom, with an inflatable mattress above that—like the Xtherm. R values are additive. I like a wool blanket as a groundsheet when I’m car camping under the stars. A good sleeping bag is essential, don’t get me wrong, but insulation below you is crucial. Oh…and some bourbon.
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A standard air mattress is comfortable, but there is little to no insulation value. This is why the self-inflating Thermarest mattress took over the hiking market virtually overnight. Prior to that closed-cell ensolite pads were the only practical sleeping mats available. Insulation from the cold ground is crucial to staying warm.
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Great solution here. Use the Thermarest-style sleeping pad and add a 100% alpaca liner to your bag. Lightweight and very efficient.

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Wool is great but not enough for ground insulation. Get yourself a hammock and an underquilt!!
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I keep seeing the title of this thread and it reminds me of where virgin wool comes from!

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For "car" camping, I use a cot, a 1/2" closed cell foam pad, and a 1.5" Thermarest self inflating mattress. Never have cold coming up through, and as comfortable as our bed at home. When backpacking, I use an REI inflatable pad, with or without a closed cell foam pad below it, depending on temp.
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Closed cell foam mat here.

I save the wool blanket to put on TOP of my Mountain bag and if it's cold enough - I add a fleece bag inside.
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I used 85% wool army blankets, new, when I made my car top tent, and I have 2-3 "lap" sized leftover scrap pieces I use literally as lap blankets, but also to "Line" my "Umbrella" folding camp chair when its cold. For that it works great.

I agree however its better not to rely on a wool blanket for ground insulation. Lots of options for both comfortable padding and insulation for that. - So I'm not sure "100%" is needed, but certainly virgin wool will be softer, less scratchy.

I did however "carpet" the deck of my car top tent with a thick wool oriental carpet as an initial pad, and for its insulating value. That also works great, as the sleeping padding does not cover the whole deck, but the carpet does. Most comfortable tent in cold weather I'v ever used between the wool carpet and wool tent body, and it does not get condensation inside at all, not even on the top where its wool and Rip stop rain fly materiel above that.

I did ask for, and got for Xmas a couple years back a "baby alpaca" blanket. I've taken i,t but it hasn't been cold enough to need it yet. Maybe next month for the winter NorCal CCF trip.
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Just don't use wool from these sheep!

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Murff wrote: Thu Jan 26, 2023 1:02 am I keep seeing the title of this thread and it reminds me of where virgin wool comes from!

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I've been using a gray French army wool blanket for several years, including my month-long river kayaking trips. I also use an air or foam mattress, long johns, wool sox, and a stocking hat. A few nights it hit freezing temps and I was pretty miserable. One night I got up and lit a candle lantern to huddle over. Were it a colder season, would probably bring a second blanket. There is also a technique for wrapping the blanket around you. There are air mattresses made for sleeping that have a R value, supposedly will keep you warmer than the average beach mattress. I was never able to notice any real difference though.
The big advantage of the wool blanket over the sleeping bag is its versatility and how it handles moisture. A sleeping bag has only one function, the blanket has many. Look up how to wear a wool blanket as a match coat.
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I love most all wool products! Jackets, hats, gloves, blankets, throws, you name it! I use wool over me with a top sheet between and foam underneath.
To me, wool is the Coleman of insulation. Vintage Woolrich is my favorite!
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Caddilac safari type camping , better options exist for insulation below a fart sack.
I'm a wool blanket fan , but have only used on for a under bag insulation rarely. (On a cot , with newspapers too!)

If roughing it , your blanket would need a good airing/drying daily.
It's moisture out of the ground you'd be fighting.

Leaves , straw , debris (spiders , scorpions,ticks,fleas depending on local) and the best I've slept on sweet Timothy hay all insulate.

A wool blanket is a fine and versatile camping companion.
For bare bones lightest weight a groundcloth , tarp, or ultralight pad are going to be better choices than a dedicated ground wool blanket. Waterproofed canvas (consider fireproofing too if desired) can protect your blanket in transit and then be a ground cloth.
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Everything ideally gets airing out daily, whenever possible. Even in freezing temperatures direct exposure to the sun will help a lot. This is especially important with goose down sleeping bags.

A heavy wool blanket folded a few times used as a ground pad would certainly be better than nothing. Most everyone lays a waterproof tarp down, groundcloth, visqueen, to keep things clean and puncture free.
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"Leaves , straw , debris (spiders , scorpions,ticks,fleas depending on local) and the best I've slept on sweet Timothy hay all insulate."

One of the most comfy nights I ever spent in the woods was a backpacking trip w a bunch of church kids. When we got to camp, horse packers had been there, and there was loads of loose hay. Dang I slept good!

Something tod think about if youput anything like a wool blanket over your sleeping bag.....you are compressing the sleeping bag, which lessens it's insulating value.
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I wonder if a synthetic wool blanket will do the same thing?
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