Re: Ground Cloths
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 19:29:00 EST
I will admidt that I am an Outside the tent type (protect the
waterproofing so that water that does reach it stays out).
I have been leaning toward the double cloth (inside and outside) lately.
I like this later approach, as it give me 3 layers of waterproof stuff
between me and the ground (2 plastic, 1 tent floor). Excessive? Maybe,
but I stay dry.
With the light weight of plastic, I don't think it should be that much
of a problem carrying the extra ground cloth (and in a pinch, you can
always use one elsewhere as a cover). I usually do not use anything
thicker than 4mil (I think) plastic sheeting.
With as cheap as the plastic sheeting is, I try to cut a custom fit
ground cloth for eack tent I am using, cutting it just smaller than the
dimensions of the tent (2" or so smaller on each side). It will then
fit under the tent without needing to be folded under.
Several people have mentioned that Scouts will let the ground cloth get
out under the edges where it collects water to run under the tent. I
suggest that this be used as a learning experience to teach the scouts
care in positioning the ground cloth (and to check that is stays
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348, Oak Forest, IL, Calumet Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City