scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Time to buy a backpacking tent and sleeping bag.
Fred Heilbrunn (Lilchpn125@AOL.COM
Sat Aug 12 2000 - 13:06:21 CDT
I haven't used a tent in over twenty years. Instead, I carry an 8x10 plastic
tarp to keep off the elements (even snow). I have the corner grommets
permanently secured with parachute cord and I carry a few tent stakes to help
secure my structure. If I need poles, I either use my walking stick or
whatever dead branches I can find. This system has worked very well for me. I
stay nice and dry; I have plenty of ventilation so condensation is not an
issue; wet or dry, it weighs less than 2 pounds total; it packs up more
compactly than any tent I've ever seen; and finally, it costs less than $10.
The sleeping bag is another issue entirely. If you are looking for light
weight bag rated at 20+, you should have no trouble finding one. The better
bags are usually higher-priced because of better construction. Avoid the
low-priced ones -- they tend to fall apart alot of the time, or are
incorrectly rated (you don't want to be cold in your 20+ bag when the temp is
40). You can find a bag that is somewhere in the middle range of prices with
a name you can trust (Coleman, for example, comes to mind). Exactly which bag
is best for you, only you can determine -- there are alot of choices.
Hope this helps.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 125
Mount Vernon, WA