Re: Ground Cloths
Vicki Palmer (c532694@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU)
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 21:50:23 -0500
> On the WWW there is one site that has a lot of discussion on camping
> and backpacking. One of the recent really hot issues has had to do
> with ground cloths. 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.
> Anyway, in that group the opinion seems evenly divided between those
> who put the cloth under their tent and those who put it inside.
I put a ground cloth (tarp) BOTH under and inside. There are very good
reasons for doing it both ways. Under the tent helps protect the tent
itself from grasses, twigs, rocks, etc. It also keeps water from seeping
up from underneath. You must be careful, however, to make sure that
there are not edges sticking out, etc. I'm sure you already know that.
As for the inside of the tent. There are a couple of reasons. First of
all it DOES help to protect the tent floor and prolong the life of the
tent. Especially if novice campers are using the tent and don't know (or
remember) to take off their shoes. The second reason is to stay dry.
The tarp is put on the inside and "wrapped" up the sides. If any
condensation happens on the inside and it runs down to the floor, it runs
UNDER the tarp and you stay dry. There is also the times that the ground
is so wet or water gets between the underneath cloth and the tent that
water comes through the floor. In either case, again, you stay dry
because another tarp is protecting you.
Hope this helps explain a little.
Heart of MO GS Council - Columbia, MO
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