One Wood Badge candidate's opinions on what equipment to take camping (or not)


Like rhe "top roll," the bottom roll can be anything you want, only strapped to the bottom of your pack. Most external frame packs also have loops on the bottom through which staps can be threaded for securing more gear. Typically, a sleeping bag is what you would find strapped to the bottom of an external frame pack:

Marmot 20-Degree Sleeping Bag

Marmot 20-Degree Sleeping Bag

  This photo looks remarkably like the Marmot down-filled mummy bag I puchased over 20 years ago. It is one of the most expensive items I have ever purchased for camping, but it has been a great bag. A word of caution, however, this bag taught me that a "20-degree" sleeping bag isn't necessarily designed to keep you comfortable at 20 degrees, but it will keep you alive at 20 degrees. The mummy shape and hood keep the warmth in much better than a rectangular sleeping bag. As much as I have enjoyed owning this sleeping bag, I would only recommend it to people who camp enough to get their money's worth out of it. Prices vary widely for these higher-end camping products, so shop around and look for sales.

Kelty Light Trekking 20-Degree Sleeping Bag

Kelty Light Trekking 20-Degree Sleeping Bag   I was a little skeptical when I bought this down-filled sleeping bag since it was so much less expensive than my Marmot down bag, but it has proven to be a very nice piece of equipment. I have camped in temeratures in the low 20s, and this bag did remarkably well considering the price. Unless you are a hardcore camper, I would recommend this bag over other, much more expensive 20 degree sleeping bags. It rolls up into an incredibly small stuff sack that comes with the sleeping bag. It bought this bag brand new online for under $80. This would be a great bag to buy for your Boy Scout when he outgrows the Kelty Little Tree 20 Junior shown under the Cub Scout recommendations section of this website.