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DayHiker.com • View topic - Does anyone really use a tarp instead of a tent?

Does anyone really use a tarp instead of a tent?

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Does anyone really use a tarp instead of a tent?

Postby hikerjoe » Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:47 am

I was browsing other sites in this webring and stumbled across an article on tarps at

artcal is at (not suire if link will work> ).
I've never heard of the idea bfore, but im, new to hikinh anyway. Does anyone seriously do this when you could sleep in a nice tent? I'm not sure if they're joking or not - the whole site seems a bit silly anyway.
hikerjoe
 

Postby dan » Sat Feb 11, 2006 5:31 pm

Sure they do! I use a tarp all the time, and I love it! I don't see what the problem is?
dan
 

Postby Gregory » Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:37 am

I think it's a good article. And I haven#t used one myself, but I know a coujple of people who swear by thgem - they don't use tents if they don't hgave to.
Gregory
 

Tarp vs Tent

Postby Rick M » Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:19 pm

I think tents are great for car camping but I don't carry one. If I think it might rain, I put my tent under a huge tarp...keeps it clean and dry and I can still eat or whatever outside under the tarp. For day hiking or backpacking I carry a tarp unless I'm in mosquito country (I go elsewhere). In the winter I carry a bivouac sack for sleeping out in the open or inside an igloo or snow cave. On Denali, we left our worthless heavy 4 season tent at our 8,000' camp and built snow shelters up to 17,200' and left behind emergency shelters for others to use (and use they did!). I built one igloo on Mt. San Antonio in November and the last time we used it was in April (a good snow year since the peak is about 30 miles from Los Angeles.
Rick M
 
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