Wilderness camping..... #1. How to sleep comfortably in the back country.
After playing outside in the mountains all day, I love to snuggle down in my 'bedroll', listen to the wind in the pines, fall asleep watching the stars, and not worry about getting cold or feeling the stray stones and pine cones dig into my back on the ground beneath me.
At one time I thought a 'bedroll' was just a cowboy term for a rolled up sleeping bag tied onto a horse, behind the saddle. I was wrong, a sleeping bag is NOT a bedroll. But wait! Don't throw away those sleeping bags, they are an important ingredient in building your own warm comfy bedroll.
To begin, you will need one large canvas mantee, a foam pad (or two), a sleeping bag, and a pillow. The cowboy is optional, I prefer one.
To build your bedroll; start with your large rectangular mantee spread out on the ground. Next center your foam pads. I prefer and use 2 of the waffled foams for single beds. On top of these place your zipped sleeping bag and your favorite pillow.
Pull the bottom of the mantee up and over the sleeping bed ensemble. There should be a few feet of extra mantee above the head. Next, the sides of the mantee are folded over and meet in the center of the sleeping bag, use the little hooks to secure all in place. Smooth and straighten the extra canvas above the bag, this extra bit is used to tent over your head if the weather warrants extra protection from wind, freezing temps, snow, rain. (Won't be much protection against bears.)
Start at the bottom and roll your roll. Tight and compact. Brush off that dirt.
Rolled tight and strapped. Ready for the next luxury night in the woods.
Attaching your bedroll securely to your pack mule is another lesson, for another time.