Bedding on the Canning

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 16:50
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I'll be driving the Canning this time next year and was after some tips on what mattress to use. I have considered all options of sleeping arrangements and have decided (right or wrong) that I will sleep in a 2 person dome tent (with a floor) on the ground. I have ruled out using a stretcher. I have also ruled out an air mattress as I suspect it will do nothing to insulate me from the ground. What's leading the race at the moment is a high density foam mattress professionally covered in cotton and marketed as a 'swag' mattress. Any thoughts on this choice? Secondly, what would make for a good insulator as a ground sheet? - carpet underlay, first aid blanket, canvas. Hoping someone with experience can advise me. Thanks in advance too. Derek.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 17:10

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 17:10
I would say bedding for the Canning would be the same for any outback track!

We use Therm-a-Rest self inflating mattresses and swear by them, the down side is they are between $300 and $500 each.

The way I look at it is if I'm away camping I want a good comfortable nights sleep, once you have used them you won't use anything else.... It's surprising how comfortable something 1.5 inches thick can be.

Not only being comfortable they are extremely warm.

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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 17:12

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 17:12
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 17:22

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 17:22
Gr8 call olcoolone !
All hail !

Agree 100%
And if you want extra again, then go to Clark Rubber and get an aerobic matt.
I use one under my swag !

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Reply By: linds_72_99 - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 17:46

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 17:46
Another vote for Thermarest here. Have used in conditions from alpine through to firm rocky ground in the outback over the past 13 years. Self inflating and pack away to an extremely small size. Has excellent insulating properties and comfort from my experience.
Cheers Lindsay.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 18:50

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 18:50
Wife and I travelled the Canning two years ago.
As I recall many places had three cornered jacks. Even in and around the well areas.
Out of the well camping spots clearings for camping are scarce with spinifex etc.
We did see a lot of those stretcher type tents where you are off the ground.
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Reply By: Allen L - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 19:16

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 19:16
Hi Derek, As someone who worked in the WA outback for 20 years, my advice is to keep it simple. Just a swag, and maybe another canvas flap to cover on a cold night. dig a hip hole in the sand, and sprinkle a few coals in the area of the swag just before laying it out to sleep. cover the coals with a light layer of sand, and snuggle up. Not too hot or you can burn the canvas.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 09:39

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 09:39
...... cover the coals with a light layer of sand.

Sounds very dangerous if any children are around, also no wonder the campsites are getting messier & messier!
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Reply By: Will 76 Series - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 21:18

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 21:18

Travelled the Canning Stock Route with two other vehicles a few years ago. One vehicle had a rooftop tent and by the end of the trip were annoyed with having to get up and down during the night for nature calls etc. The other two vehicles had swags.
My wife and I had a swag each as she liked different mattress thicknesses and warmth needs to me.
We put a light tarp down each night under an awning off the roof rack and it was an excellent set up for this trip.
Swags were definately the winner on our trip and I would use them again on the CSR. Some nights were very cold, wet on a couple of occasions, hot on others and the dew can also be thick, so the awning really was effective in keeping the dew off.
You will lay or prepare your bedding each night so keep it simple and go with the swags. I would suggest the swags with the flyscreen and lifting poles as if its hot it allows some breeze as well.
The swags were rolled up and thrown up on the roof rack during the day and unrolled each night once ready to go to bed.
Have a good trip.

Regards Will
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 23:11

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 23:11
On a Canning trip, we also keep it simple and just roll out our swag.

But one of the most effective insulators against the cold ground is a high density foam mat - the blue hikers mats you find in the camp shops. We slept a night on the Antarctic Ice once with one of those mats and a sleeping bag and it was fine!
They weigh nothing, take up little space and you can roll it out under your swag or mattress.
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