Cold weather camping is tolerable only because it’s voluntary. I made the choice to stay over on the Pigeon Roost Trail above Beaver Lake last weekend. My 40 degree Phoenix underquilt and Warbonnet Mamajamba are the two latest additions to my hammock camping arsenal. A mild, 50 degree Saturday seemed like a perfect opportunity to give them a try. What did I learn? It’s good to know the limits of your gear. A sub-freezing evening and almost freezing feet convinced me I have a nice 3-season hammock rig. Any camping below 32 degrees will require a warmer rated underquilt and at least, a 20 degree-rated top quilt. My existing sleeping bag just didn’t cut it. With all of that said, a night on the trail is always a great escape to adventure. I love this trail and the tall bluffs overlooking Beaver Lake, especially during leaf-off. Get out and have some fun. Stay overnight if you like. And bring your warm gear.