Re: Ground Cloths
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 16:11:52 -0400
On Thu, 28 Sep 1995, Stephen Hoar wrote:
> Now, I always thought that the groundcloth went on the ground and the tent
> was then pitched on top of it. But there seems to be a lot of folks who
> put the ground cloth inside their tents! This is rather strange to me but
> then again, maybe there is something I don't know or perhaps there is a
> good reason for it.
You're right, there are two different schools of thought on this subject.
One thing to consider is the type of tent you have, this may make a
The problem with putting a tarp, or ground cloth under the tent is they
can trap water between you and the tent, in which instance the tent bottom
will get soaked. They do protect the tent fabric from wear and tear on
the ground though, and help cut down on the cold that is passed through to
the tent floor.
If one is placed also inside, and allowed to bend slightly up the sides of
the tent, simulating the "bathtub bottom", so popular in many tents. You
will not ever get wet from water coming from underneath (that is as long
as your ground cloth has no holes in it!)
> I know the Scout handbook calls for it under the tent. Are there any
> 'inside the tent' folks out there and if so, what are the reason(s)?
I guess you could say I'm a two tarper, but if I only have one, inside it
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