My new Zero Mile Mark 2 person tent. I prefer full back and jacket. Combined bag and Jacket price £370. The scales confirmed that my bag was 304g, so, a good 100g lighter the the PHD Minim Ultra K and 122g lighter than the OMM 1.6. At the roughly 5 mile mark, you cross the footbridge over the Virgin River and then can grab some water at The Grotto picnic area. Minim Ultra K.   330grm  (Mostly selected for weight saving). Once you reach the 11.5 mile mark, the trail turns to the east and begins a descent down towards Telephone Canyon. In comparison to the PHD and OMM products, the Passion One felt ‘too light’ which I guess is a good thing. The sidetrip is only ~1 mile roundtrip, but climbs nearly 800 feet. The nearest showers were a 45 minute drive away, which was very disappointing. Weight is good (426g) but it’s the heaviest bag here and the bag packs down really small. More functional imo. Pingback: REVIEW: PHD v YETI v OMM – Sleeping Bag Review – OMM/DE Original Mountain Marathon, Hi ! But for me the money spent on making this bag small and light is potentially outweighed with the need for an additional warm layer that not only adds cost but weight. Dave Benison Yeti Passion One with no liner. In temperatures below 15 degrees frost will sometimes form on even on the inside of the inner tent - last time out that frost was about 1/4" thick. You apply for the permits online and a separate reservation is required for each night you are backcountry camping. I personally would order a custom bag with a half zip given the choice. Learn how your comment data is processed. Near the 11 mile mark, you set up camp nearby Stave Spring (N 37°15’40.2″ W 112°54’17.1″). This section of the trail is not the most remarkable, but provides some nice expansive views. Wouldn’t take again I would go for something warmer even if it meant a little more bulk and weight! The bag tapers nicely and doesn’t restrict in any way. I would say that this bag and jacket may well come close to a combined cost of £500. Perfect for people who experience adventures while others sleep; who enjoy a trip with good companions; who consider flirting an adventure as well; who believe life is too short for bad design; who do not consider fashion and nature to be inconsistent with one another; who dream about flying; who believe their eyes travel as well; who consider the lightness of being absolutely bearable. At the 7 mile mark, you reach the trailhead and begin hiking east on the Connector Trail. Ben Daly Omm1.6 cold between 3 and 5am every night and I’m quite brave when it comes to the cold. Create New Account. Permits:  Wilderness Permits are required for all overnight backpacking trips in Zion National Park. Join our Lanzarote Training Camp which takes place in January every year with two-time Marathon des Sables champion, Elisabet Barnes. From mile 3.5 onward, you hike south along the West Rim Trail until you reach the West Rim (Cabin) Spring. The hike on the final day of the Zion Traverse is relatively modest with only 6 miles to travel. Competition for permits has been increasing lately, so backpackers should either reserve permits in advance or have flexibility built into their trip if attempting to attain walk-in permits for this multi-day itinerary. 6)Those older than 30-35 years you should add 5 °C to the comfort temperature. Tents for Camping from Quechua, best in quality and price. Before trying to reserve a permit, you will want to study the map and have an idea of which campsites will work best for your daily mileage. From miles 2.5 to 3 the West Rim Trail skirts along a ridge above Zion Canyon, providing more great views. In addition, as with all the bags in this test, they are designed to be minimalist and therefore some compromises must be made. So, if you need space for two berths, buy a camping tent that could accommodate three berths. Fitted in my small pack perfectly and very light. You start out in a wide valley with rock walls on either side. The Hop Valley Trail provides some great views. Shop Deal of the Day at REI Outlet (up to 50% off)! From mile 5 on, the trail gradually descends until you reach the trailhead where you car is hopefully parked and ready to drive you home! I found that I'm not a very talented seam sealer as the seams look like a 5 year old child could do better and the wind blew the rain fly into the dirt so there's now dirt encrusted in the seam sealer forever. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. These walk-in campsites do not even show up in the advanced reservation system and are exclusively for walk-in backpackers. That said, there is no guarantee that you will get the permit you are looking for. This obviously sounds like a great idea… However, the weight of the Raidlight is 700g. Backpackers must also be careful with water sanitation and purification in Zion National Park. ( Log Out /  In the winter, snow and ice blankets much of trails and makes the trek dangerous. However, if you have a big chest and shoulders you may want to make sure that it’s comfortable. The footbox is also shaped and filled with Primaloft Gold 100g to keep the feet warm. Had the omm, was cold after about 2 am every night. Only recently have some manufactures bothered to include different ratings for females on their bags. The cost at £170 is a bargain. I alternated between bags and in particular on the first night (particularly warm) I slept in all three bags for approximately 90-120 minutes each. This sidetrip is 2.1 miles roundtrip with +/- 190 feet of elevation change. The hike to the Kolob Arch from the La Verkin Creek Trail is only 1 mile round trip and +/- 100 feet elevation. There are rattlesnakes and mountain lions in the park as well. On the 4th and final night, you camp in the at-large dispersed area along the East Rim Trail near the Stave Spring (seasonal flow). Advanced permit reservations for a given trek start date open up three months in advance starting at 10am MST on the 5th day of the month. I use as a basecamp shelter once it's very really roomy and has two vestibules. Along with Sondre Amdahl and Shane Benzie. Do you want to use your sleeping bag for other trips? The trail crosses the canyon at the 2 mile mark and then ascend over the next mile before reaching the junction with the West Rim Trail. Perfect for use on multi-day races such as MdS or any event where duel purpose is key. I did this hike 2 years ago. The worst was our neighbors. Photograph: Mark Brunner#82527/Flickr Vision. As mentioned this bag is fast drying and has an element water repellency. One thing was apparent from a British perspective. Logistics: The Zion Traverse is a point-to-point trek and thus presents a logistical challenge. Ours needed to be leveled. Grew quite jealous of the Combi being doubled up as a jacket, especially on the colder mornings. Once you emerge from Echo Canyon, the last 1-2 miles on the East Rim Trail go across a forest on a high plateau. Super warm and I had to sleep partly out of the bag due to how well it performed, there were a couple of nights where I had to fully get in but that was more to do with the wind and sand blowing in the tent. 1/2 zip keeps weight lower and does offer ventialtion. Timpanogos. At this point, you begin hiking northeast along the Wildcat Canyon Trail. Campsite locations were chosen to keep the daily mileage as close to 10 miles as possible while still placing the camps near springs or water sources. – Zero Mile Mark® ROOMY 2 PERSON CAMPING TENT has premium double layer design and construction. I bought 2 cans of waterproofing spray and 2 tubes of seam sealer. Full length zip allowed for legs to pop out on the warmer nights, and during the sandstorms the drawcord around the top meant I could really batten down the hatches & keep sand free inside. If you have energy and are not afraid of heights, Angel’s Landing is a can’t miss side trip. PHD make several sleeping bags and the Minimus K has become a regular at MDS. Full length zip allowed for legs to pop out on the warmer nights, and during the sandstorms the drawcord around the top meant I could really batten down the hatches & keep sand free inside. But, that is unusual. Check the NPS webpage for updates on this trail closure if you intend to hike the full Zion Traverse. ( Log Out /  I also had a TNF down jacket that weighed 250g as an optional ‘warmth’ layer if required. This area is all part of the at-large camping zone. Then you have an extra day to check out the narrows. At the 6.5 mile mark, there is a junction with a short trail that leads to the Kolob Arch. However, on the coldest night, I found the Passion One on the cold side and found the need for an additional layer. At £170 it represents real value for money as it combines a jacket and sleeping bag in one package. Found that stuffing it into my bag nearest my back provided good cushioning and saved 40g on carrying the cover  The bag itself was fine, a little too warm on the first few days but the full length zip was fine for temperature adjustment; got cool on the later stages when the wind was up (i was sleeping in the centre of the tent with most airflow) and body reserves were low, but manageable. So what do you think…. This is Clooney's seventh outing as a director and there are artistic touches everywhere, like a tiny bright spacecraft against the darkness dissolving into a dark tent on an endlessly snowy plain. Videos. Absolutely ZERO problems in the rain or snow and compared to all the name brand "thru-hiking tents", this beat them all on condensation in the morning. I have just returned from working (3rd consecutive year) at the Marathon des Sables. Reviews. Stage 4 I got in it with the space banker they had also given me and did that for a few nights (sorry tent 183 for rustling like a crisp packet). At this point, you begin hiking northeast along the Wildcat Canyon Trail. W 112°58’04.2″). Niamh Cavanagh Today, 12:45 See more of Zero Mile Mark on Facebook. It’s the nature of travelling light, however, I did find the Passion One offered a little more room in the toe box. Get all of Hollywood.com's best Movies lists, news, and more. Customer reviews Zero Mile Mark Compact Foam Camping Mat Sleeping Pad Mattress for Tent – Lightweight and Damp Resistant – Includes Packing Bag for Hiking, Outdoor Camping and Mountaineering by Zero Mile Mark They offer a range of ‘off the shelf’ designs but they are renowned for their bespoke services. Would definately take again……if I go again!! At the ~10.5 mile mark, you reach a junction with a trail that leads to the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead. ), iancorless.com – Photography, Writing, Talk Ultra Podcast, http://www.design-your-own-sleeping-bag.com/, REVIEW: PHD v YETI v OMM – Sleeping Bag Review – OMM/DE Original Mountain Marathon, https://www.phdesigns.co.uk/down-sleeping-bags, Packing for tcr#6 | A Pirate takes on The Transcontinental Race, again…, REVIEW: PHD v YETI v OMM – Sleeping Bag Review – OMM Original Mountain Marathon, Choosing a Sleeping Bag for an Adventure | iancorless.com – Photography, Writing, Talk Ultra Podcast. Used the OMM. However, nothing is ever that simple and sleeping bags (along with which pack) may very well have been the most argued and discussed topic prior to the race. If you plan to hire a private shuttle or taxi, you have a couple options. Along this route you hike through several different regions of the park (Kolob Canyons, Wildcat Canyon, West Rim, Zion Canyon, and East Rim) and pass through narrow canyons, high deserts, plateaus, and ponderosa forests. It passes through Refrigerator Canyon between miles 3 and 4 and makes a final descent to the Virgin River. Overall very happy with it and will use it again! You can read a profile here. The start and end points are roughly 55 miles apart or 80 minutes driving. For the second night, you camp in the at-large, dispersed camping zone to the southwest of Wildcat Spring (flows year round). Great for mountains, by the lake, or simply in your backyard. Temps vary from year to year, at night you can expect a ‘typical’ temp to be 5degrees, it has been 0 or below and can be 10 or maybe even a little more on a very hot year. You will want a topographic map and/or GPS device to ensure you stay on trail. I see a lot of fall colors! Near the 13 mile mark, you will reach Campsite #2 and the West Rim (Cabin) Spring (N 37°17’15.2″ If your knowledge of African music stops at Youssou N’Dour and Fela Kuti, Afropop Worldwide will soon … Community. ( Log Out /  Mountain lions are rarely seen and not a large safety concern and hikers should be aware and on the lookout for rattlesnakes. You may want to leave your backpack at the junction since the trail to Angel’s Landing is very steep and narrow. The hike starts with a ~2.5 mile and 1,200 foot descent down into Telephone Canyon. The trail to Echo Canyon starts with an ascent up a series of switchbacks (credit: Yves Engetschwiler), Day 5: 5.9 miles; +700 feet / -1,590 feet; East Rim (Stave) Spring to East Rim Trailhead, PDF map of the Day 5 hike on the Zion Traverse. The big plus of PHD over other sleeping bags is how it is possible to customise a bag specific to your needs: Adjusting all of the above obviously alters the price, but if you are tall, wide, get cold feet, require no zip or require a half zip, PHD can give you exactly what you want! You need to ask some very specific questions to ensure that you get a bag that works for you and fulfils your needs: One you have answered the above you can be very specific about what you need and it should, I hope become obvious which of the above bags is likely to be suitable for you. After viewing Northgate Peaks, continue on the Wildcat Canyon Trail for ~2 miles. You will cover roughly 13 miles and climb close to 2,000 feet. An ultralight dream at 330gm (11.5oz). It’s a real plush bag and very comfortable. The M is Ideal for me as I guess I am pretty much ‘standard’ size, however, big shoulders, extra height and you may struggle so rest assured that Large (6′ 3″) and Extra Large (6′ 9″) are available – obviously weight increases. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. At the ~10.5 mile mark, you reach a junction with a trail that leads to the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead. Things seem to be OK at the Capitol. Pingback: Packing for tcr#6 | A Pirate takes on The Transcontinental Race, again…, Pingback: REVIEW: PHD v YETI v OMM – Sleeping Bag Review – OMM Original Mountain Marathon, Pingback: Choosing a Sleeping Bag for an Adventure | iancorless.com – Photography, Writing, Talk Ultra Podcast. Omm1.6 cold between 3 and 5am every night and I’m quite brave when it comes to the cold. As with all the bags in this test, space is at a premium. Also being 6,1ft it was a little on the small side! 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