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    Do I need a sleeping bag?

    Post by Shikoku Henro Trail on Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:21 am

    Originally posted by several members in February 2017.
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    neidisch

    « Thread started on: Feb 7th, 2017, 04:43am »
    Hello dear forum

    I am planning to do part of the pilgrimage later in February.

    While gathering information I stumbled with Free Lodging. I've got a question: do I need a sleeping bag for this kind of places?

    Kind regards!

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    slc

    « Reply #1 on: Feb 7th, 2017, 06:39am »
    Yes. Some of the free lodgings have blankets but most don't. If you're doing a sizable part of the pilgrimage I'd also recommend a bivy and an air mattress. Sometimes you'll be sleeping on concrete, wood or dirt with minimal shelter.

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    neidisch

    « Reply #2 on: Feb 7th, 2017, 07:23am »
    Thanks! Better to be prepared!

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    Simon

    « Reply #3 on: Feb 19th, 2017, 1:41pm »
    Some places can be very cold, for example I slept in a small shrine somewhere between #54-#55. There was no heater and no good insulation.
    My sleeping bag had a comfort temperature of around 0° celcius but that is not correct. It's at least 5 degress higher, hence it got cold even inside a closed room like the one above.
    Always be prepared for cold temperatures, especially if you want to sleep outside. Early March can be severly cold.

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    neidisch

    « Reply #4 on: Feb 20th, 2017, 6:55pm »
    Thanks a lot Simon!





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