Re: Ground Cloths
Kem White (dkw@APLCOMM.JHUAPL.EDU)
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 16:12:09 PDT
Steve Hoar writes:
>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)?
This is a long-standing topic of debate. I've backpacked/camped
for a long time and have experimented with both ways of doing it.
I've decided under the tent works best for me. The reason some folks
like to have the groundcloth inside the tent is that they believe
they will stay drier in the event of a rain. They believe that
if you have your groundcloth under the tent, no matter how
carefully placed and tucked there, rain water will eventually
work its way between the ground cloth and the tent floor. Water
then works its way through tent floor fabric and seams to the
inside of the tent. I have found this to be true with all my tents
despite careful placement of the groundcloth and rainfly, and sealed
seams if it rains long enough and hard enough.
I have two reasons for liking the fly under the tent: 1) protecting
the tent floor from abuse and dirt, 2) I tended to slip and slide all
around the tent when I had it on the inside.
When I camp, I look for a level site for my tent, carefully fold any
protruding edges underneath the tent, make sure the rainfly is well
staked out, and so on. Doing it this way, sometimes I get wet on the inside
but not too often (like when I was BP'ing in WVa and Hurricane Hugo
came by, but that's another story.)
Kem White, Webelos Leader, Flaming Arrows Den
Pack 692, Baltimore Area Council
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