[Cdt-l] Cowboy vs Tenting
seanstaplin at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 22:54:40 CST 2015
I cowboy camped all but one night in NM. Once the bugs became a factor I
pitched most every night for that reason as well as the unexpected late
night rain. I used a Zpacks hexamid solo. Was great even in heavy hail
storms when I thought that the hail should be going right through the thing.
On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 10:07 AM, Scott Williams <baidarker at gmail.com>
> I cowboyed the vast majority of NM. Used a ZPacks Double Hex which was
> very light and perfect for the hike. That year most folks on trail were
> using ZPacks tents, mostly singles but a few doubles too as they're so
> light and stand well if pitched right in really big blows. I remember
> pitching once in Sand Canyon in a howling windstorm as it started to rain.
> The two of us were like the Keystone Cops it was so crazy in the fierce
> wind. Once we muscled that thing up of course the rain stopped. Pitched
> again at Indian Spring for similar conditions and the same thing happened.
> Once it was up, the rain quit. Really had been no need for it in NM the
> year I hiked. Used it extensively after that. We were very cold at 13,000
> feet and above in CO and the wind break it provided was great. We had rain
> off and on north of that and eventually some bugs that were kept at bay by
> the mosquito net.
> Good to have rain protection and later bug protection.
> On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 8:30 AM, Ryley Breiddal <ryleyb at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I cowboy'd most nights in southern NM. I had a Tarptent Contrail that I
>> used occasionally through the area, I didn't see the need for anything more
>> CDT SOBO 2011
>> On Tue Feb 24 2015 at 10:20:18 PM b j <xthrow at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> I got away with cowboy camping 95% of the desert on the PCT. What's it
>>> like on the CDT? I'm focusing just on NM, Crazy Cook to Chama.
>>> Did anyone not bring a tent -- did anyone bring just a tarp?
>>> Did you cowboy at all?
>>> Was it a UL tent or a hefty one (I'm wondering if the wind made you
>>> thankful you brought a hefty tent)?
>>> Thanks for your perspectives!
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