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Old 14 Jul 2005
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Sleeping bags- Atlas Mountains

What sort of nightime temperatures might I expect in the Atlas Mountains in October. I've searched high & low on the web to no avail. I need to know if my 3 season sleeping bag will do.
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See www.weatheronline.co.uk, type in Morocco in the "the weather in" box. Haven't been in oct but think that it will be cool, so 3 season bag should be ok. Maybe take something to put on top.

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we were there in early November which was chilly at night but not too bad and a three season will probably do. We slept out in open in swags and fine. However we went back this last December / January and it was very cold. camping out in Snow, into needing a good four season bag. So in part depends on whether you are looking at the start or end of November.
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High Atlas or the Anti Atlas?

Where will you be sleeping? Tent, vehicle or hotels?

Inside hotels tend to be very cold - just concete walls and floors. This winter just gone was very cold. I stayed in Er Rachidia (on the edge of the mountains/desert) in Feb in a very plush house by local standards and was wrapped in big heavy blankets as it was freezing.

Take a wooly hat to sleep in as a tip.

If your in a vehicle just buy a local blanket for about 20 euros. I used this along with my -5c sleeping bag and was ok. Not as toasty as i would like. Wooly hat/head protection makes a big difference.

If your on a bike, get a decent sleeping bag in case another brutal winter arrives.

(I don't knwo what temp's are, but it's bloody cold in the High Atlas at night in winter!)
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A sleeping bag liner is also a good option and provides extra warmth or in hot climes you can use it on its own. IMHO the wooly hat or a sleeping bag with a draw cord hood is a must for cold temperatures.
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Warm 3-4 season sleepingbags would be a good move and the hat tip is a good one.

This is the High atlas Midday 26 Dec

It was very cold this year, heating does not exist in the hotels and they are very cold.


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Funny old thing, I've just gone through this mill. I was in the Atlas last October. I stayed in bog cheap hotels and auberges. None of these were heated. Coldest was up in Agoudal. I took a 3/4 season bag and was too hot. This was a Jack Wolfskin blackbird. I was usually in the buff inside the bag.

I'm going again this October, so was looking for alternatives. I wanted something cooler, but also some flexibility in case there is a cold snap.

My solution was found today. I bought a Rab Travelite 300. Its on sale at Field and Trek for £75. I'm using this with a silk liner (this takes the comfort zone for the bag down about 2 - 3 degrees). I can also use the silk liner on its own if its really hot. The RAB's zip can open all the way around the foot box, so you can vent your feet, or use the bag as a quilt. If its mad cold I will wear clothes in the bag. Was thinking of buying a very thin down jacket (from PHD) for evening wear, but this could take the bag's comfort zone down to about -5 degrees for me. My feet never get cold, but my arms and shoulders usually do.

All this lot packs up to less volume (compressed) than the compressed 3/4 season blackbird. This is important to me as I'm on a bike. I think its a very flexible solution. Will let you know how it works out.

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