Re: Ground Cloths
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 12:28:27 -0400
Decided I needed to clarify this just a little more...
To be more specific I actually use a tarp under the tent, neatly
folded of course! But this does not protect you in a downpour. Rain does
get trapped between the tarp and tent. I also use plastic in the inside
and partly up the sides, about 6 inches. A tarp is very awkward inside a
tent smaller than 5 man, not pliable enough. (I actually have a humongus
mainframe computer bag! It has saved many a girl.) Plastic will compact
better than a tarp for packing.
I speak from experience as 11 inches in an hour rain sprinkled my tent, we
stepped out of a dry tent to OVER ankle-deep water! The rain didn't bother
me, but the lightning was nasty. That night we found out why the lake we
camp above was so affectionately called "Stump Lake"!
Back to the one tarp issue. If I only had one, it would be inside because I
have a dome tent and the ripstop nylon takes minutes to dry in the sun. I
would much rather have to dry a nylon tent than all my gear.
> I guess you could say I'm a two tarper, but if I only have one, inside it
OK, I confess, if I have the means of transport, I've even been known to be a
three tarper. If it's raining bad enough, one goes right over the top!
(OK, so I haven't perfected waterproofing either!) Why do I bring that
Years ago I heard about people waterproofing their tents by spraying on
Thompson's Water seal. Anyone know if this practice works...and how
breathable is that tent? I still want to smell the flowers. :-)
Lisa Varner << email@example.com >>
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