Originally Posted By Roastduck
You guys make a pretty compelling argument. I've decided it's probably a good idea to shelve the Kisatchie trip for now and aim for later this year, probably November or December. I should be able to pinch pennies and get some decent gear by then.

It'll be cheaper in the spring, summer, and fall. It's warm enough to skip the bag all together (this is SE Louisiana, after all). Easier too, since you won't have to carry as much with regards to clothing and a sleep system.