scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Groundcloths for tents, flys for tents
John Nelson (JNelsonHR@AOL.COM
Thu Apr 13 2000 - 22:50:40 CDT
Groundcloths: The purpose of the groundcloth is to protect the tent bottom
from abraision and dirt while weekendand extended stay camping. The other
1) To provide you with a dry space to pack/unpack your gear and 2) To chanel
water under your tent and test the waterproofness of your bottom during
rainshowers. (This is usually answered about 3am.) Answer: Buy a blue tarp
(or other color) and cut it down to a size that is 6" in from all sides.
Flys: I have yet to find a fly that does all the things that I would like it
to do. Rainflys are designed to prevent water from entering the tent. In a
quality tent it will do a very good job. I have found Eureka tents to live up
to this tradition. If you attach an accessory fly to the existing one be sure
to counter balance for weight and wind.
My ideal fly would (in decending order) Provide protection:
1) For the breathable parts of the tent from rain.
2) From the elements while entering/exiting the tent.
3) From the elements while changing shoes.
4) Whilst reading/sleeping.
5) From the elements for all the stuff I can't get inside.
Answer: Buy a blue tarp (or other color) large enough to drape over the
entire tent. (This is a great way to keep the tent dry during a "gusher".)
Remember that when we want something super-lightweight for that extended
backpack trip we must sacrifice someware, either our backs or pocket book.
John Nelson ASM
Troop 865 Mequon, WI
When we family camp we use an outdoor carpet door mat.