[pct-l] Cowboy camping
jdrewsmith at gmail.com
Wed Apr 20 15:44:54 CDT 2016
I switched from a Tarptent Contrail to an MLD poncho tarp about 5 years ago
and have never gotten wet, including last year's CT hike which was
unusually rainy even for Colorado. I do use a bivy sack in addition to the
tarp as it enables cowboy camping a bit more than a bare sleeping bag.
But I am considering taking the Contrail on my PCT section hike this year
(Walker Pass to Mt Lassen) because I still vividly remember the bugs on the
JMT when my Scout troop hiked Reds Meadows to Yosemite. That was in 1968
and we had tube tents for shelter which needless to say did not keep out
bugs, or water either for that matter. 1000 Island Lake to Donahue Pass,
and Sunrise Camp were particularly heinous.
My bivy (TiGoat) does have a bug screen, and maybe a headnet with lots of
DEET will make the bugs bearable before bedtime. Still mulling this one
Maybe Halfmile can start a PCT Mosquito report to complement his maps and
> On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 7:19 AM, Erin Rodgers <erinwrodgers at gmail.com>
> > How many of you have experienced untoward effects of cowboy camping or
> > using a shelter that is not sealed (aka a tarp only)?
> > We have always used a Shires tarptent double rainbow but are considering
> > transitioning to a MLD duomid. The only problem is the innernet is not
> > really big enough for two people despite being technically marketed as
> > such. We like the mid, but I have reservations about critters/bugs in a
> > "meshed in" situation.
> > Also, anyone with hexamid experiences is welcome to comment, as that
> > be the middle ground between tarptent and tent only that we are
> > considering.
> > Looking for your experiences, positive or negative.
> > Thanks!
> > Three Times
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