Oh, the places your quilt will go...
After my 2016 PCT thru-hike I began to slowly upgrade my backpacking gear. Some of my 2016 gear had held up great but I was ready to cut down my weight and experiment with different set-ups. The first things I knew I had to change were my backpack and sleeping bag. I looked around online for different options and finally settled on the Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10 Degree quilt. I bought that quilt exactly 2 years ago today, and I am not lying when I say I still use it every day. Yes, I don’t own a comforter or a blanket. I sleep in my quilt every night.
2 years ago, I was preparing for a trip to the Andes. In my agenda, I had planned to do several long trails and I wanted to go as light as possible. I upgraded most of my gear and set-off in June to the Peruvian Andes. I stayed in a hostel most nights while in town and camped while out on the trails. Regardless of where I stayed, my EE quilt kept me warm. Sometimes a little too warm (it was a 10 degree quilt after all).
As I made my way around the Andes, through the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash, I was able to experience the freedom of movement and speed that ultralight lets you access. I was worried at first that I would be cold and uncomfortable on those nights spent at 15,000 ft in the High Andes. This was, after all, the first time I was going to use my EE quilt on the trail. To my relief, the quilt lived up to the expectations and I spent every night in the Andes as warm and cozy as one could be.
After my time in the Andes, I headed back home to the Sierra Nevada to thru-hike a new route I was working on through the high Sierra. 2017 saw heavy snow and a difficult year to cross the high Sierra passes, but I went regardless, with my EE quilt in tow.
Later that Summer I headed to the Pacific Northwest on a road trip to hike around and revisit some old PCT sections, once again my EE quilt came with me. The end of my 2017 saw many micro trips, whether they were climbing or backpacking trips. The 10 degree rating came in handy on many of these outings.
The new year brought many more Winter and early season mountaineering trips, as I prepared to head to the Himalayas in the Fall. At this point, I had switched over to living the van life 100% of the time to trim down my possessions and save money, and I was sleeping with my quilt every night. In August, I boarded my flight and headed to Nepal to spend the rest of the year in the Himalaya.
Hiking through the Himalayas was a dream come true and once again I was kept warm every night, whether I was sleeping in Kathmandu, or at 18,000 ft. The nights in the Himalaya were frigid. There was no way of keeping water from freezing every night, even if I boiled it before going to sleep. The only way was to sleep with it, and so my water bottles and my water filter became my new bed mates. My EE quilt kept us from freezing every night in the cold Himalayan altitudes.
At the end of 2018, I returned once again to the Sierra, this time to live in Mammoth Lakes for the Winter season. The snow came late but it hit cold and hard. Winter in the Sierra this year was heavy, February being the most snow Mammoth has received in one month, on record. It was particularly difficult experiencing this kind of weather while living out of a van, but I managed to stay warm without a heater, all due to my EE quilt. I can honestly say that I did not experience a single cold night, even while the weather outside was -20 degrees F.
Two years to the date since I purchased this quilt, and it is still going strong. Not once have I thought about replacing it with a new one. It is as plush as ever since I don’t store it, and it is getting ready to embark on another journey. This time through the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail.
It is Spring-time now and it is beginning to warm up here in the Eastern Sierra - it might be time to put my quilt away until I hit the trail again in May. After sleeping almost every night with my EE quilt for the past 2 years, it has become my home, and I can’t wait until our next adventure.