scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Time to buy a backpacking tent and sleeping bag.
Tim Hewitt (thewitt@FAIRCHILDSEMI.COM
Sun Aug 13 2000 - 10:32:35 CDT
Fred Heilbrunn <Lilchpn125@AOL.COM> wrote:
> 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.
Of course, Washington state does not suffer from the same kind of bugs that
we have here in Maine. If you were to camp in the Spring and early summer
under just a tarp, you would likely come running out of the woods stark
raving mad from the bugs.
For solo hiking I carry a Nomad. 2 pounds, siliconized nylon, single wall,
lots of mesh, uses my hiking poles for tent poles. Keeps out the black
flies and mosquitos, and keeps me at least partly sane :).
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Eagle '74 (Rainier Council, Tacoma, WA)