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Post by chrstjrn »

And I prefer my one-pound tarp, which was made by Go-lite but is out of production. You can make the exact same tarp, though, with the kit from here:
http://www.ray-way.com/tarp-nettent/index.shtml

I've been through several storms in this, including snow, and it's terrific. I wouldn't take it for "winter camping", though-- it's a mid-Spring to mid-Autumn affair.
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At 70 I prefer a tent. The vango I mentioned is called force 10 (not force 8 ) they now cost 400-500 eureo,s depending on size, I just checked, not cheap, but if looked after they last. It,s just the pegs which gave me problems on rock.

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You are right, this is not the tent for hiking, though it was beginning 50s. I will use it when i go for a small trip to one larger lake where i plan to stay for one week or so.

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I have the Eureka mountain pass 2 xtc. For the money it's an excellent tent. It packs down very well, and is reasonably light with a full coverage rain fly. I spent a fairly comfortable night in it with high winds at 11k feet. It has served me well on many snowy, rainy, and beautiful nights.

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John: yes, i'd seen the Vango 10, one it is currently listed here http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?%20 ... rack=true. Lookes great! Styling is similar to the Klepper. Bought a second tent, a cotton oldschool Pouch (Eastern Germany) from 1990, looking forward to receive.

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Tents have their place, but in the seasons I mentioned the tarp is drier and more comfortable-- also closer to nature and lighter.
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'64 Klepper Passat/Tradewind and T12 restoration projects.
Non-folding: Early '90s Old Town Canoe.
Previously owned '04 Pakboat Puffin II and '05 Swift (prototype), as well as an '84 Hobie 16.

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Post by Kapitän von Klepper »

chrstjrn wrote:Tents have their place, but in the seasons I mentioned the tarp is drier and more comfortable-- also closer to nature and lighter.
I'm still debating between camping or pubing (?) for my upcoming Euro kayaking marathon. Camping could seriously reduce my trip overhead. How do you feel about tarps and summer canal touring?

-Andreas

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The idea of tarp camping is appealing to me, but what about the bugs and crawling critters? Once you start attaching mesh netting to fend them off you bascially are back in the realm of two walled tents. The other thing is that many tents these days already have a ton of mesh, and are much easier and faster to set up than a multipoint tarp. What is the benefit of the tarp system given these drawbacks? If I could just be more of a man and not be bothered when something crawls into my hair while I'm sleeping, things would be a lot less complicated.

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Post by maryinoxford »

Do tarps depend on trees? Not everywhere has them... Where I live, once the river takes you out of the city, it's bordered by agricultural land. Fences or hedges, crops or grass + animals. Very occasional groups of trees near the water, mostly on land unsuitable for farming, e.g. steeply sloping - you might get a tarp up, but you'd need to combine it with a hammock for sleeping. And such uncultivated patches tend to be full of stinging nettles and/or wild blackberry shrubs, nature's barbed wire. "Wild" camping is not legal in England, but if I were going to try it, I'd go for a green tent plus a groundsheet, and try to find a level spot by a hedge.

The legal way is to use organised camp sites. There are lots, but not always conveniently by a river - most of their customers arrive by road.

Wild camping is legal in Scotland, with a few sensible restrictions to stop you pitching in somebody's garden or damaging crops.

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Post by Paul »

Mary,

If there are no trees one would need to have their own poles-- trekking poles are often used--to set up a tarp.

Paul

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Post by Rods »

"Wild" camping is not legal in England,
I was uncertain of this, but why am I not surprised. It just joins no right of paddling on most rivers. I bought a Hennesey Hammock last year and I've yet to use it (other than in my garden!). Perhaps a move to Scotalnd should be considered.

Thanks, for the info, Mary.

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Post by mje »

I have two Hennessey Hammocks. They're lighter than any tent, and probably lighter than a tarp and foam mattress, too, as well as being far more comfortable. If there are trees where you're camping they're hard to beat.
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Post by Christov_Tenn »

The tree thing is why I've not seriously considered purchasing a hammock for camping (may not always want to camp where they're available). I'm guessing paddle halves and trekking poles would not suffice. On the other hand, in this part of the world, trees tend to be pretty abundant. C.

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Some folks have rigged the Hennessey as a tent when no trees are available. Kind of defeats the purpose, though. Check their website.
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