Apr 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm #1272004
Do most folks leave their packs outside their shelters at night, or do you prefer to bring them inside? Our current tent has plenty of room for bringing our packs inside (as we needed to do in Mt. Rainier NP to keep the mice out of them), but we are considering a smaller tent. The Cloudburst 2 is 60 inches x 84 inches, and there wouldn't be enough room to put the packs in laying flat next to the sleeping pads. The vestibule on the Tarptents has quite a gap that rain could blow into, and one would be climbing out over the packs to exit, so we're not sure it would be the tent for us.
Do other people hang their packs? What about rain protection?Apr 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm #1722772
@servingkoLocale: Intermountain West
I use my pack as part of my sleeping pad, either under my head or under my feet, depending on the slope of my site. Depending on how much stuff is in your pack at night, this may or may not work. My pack is empty at this point so it works well.Apr 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm #1722777
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
If my pack is empty, it becomes part of my sleeping pad. If it is half-empty, it becomes my pillow. Only in the case of a torrential downpour would I place it as a rain door.
–B.G.–Apr 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm #1722785
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I usually hang my pack with food in it.Apr 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm #1722842
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
We have never left our packs outside, either in the day or at night.
cheersApr 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm #1722859
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
My food and smellables stay outside in my Ursack. My pack with what remains inside it is my pillow. My dog's pack usually stays outside in the vestibule, inside a trash bag to keep it dry. (His food is in the Ursack, too.
Last time I looked, the Cloudburst and Double Rainbow weigh exactly the same. With the DR you have 2 doors and 2 vestibules, so more vestibule room.Apr 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm #1722896
Yeah, I've looked at the Double Rainbow. That sort of general structure is the same as what we have already, so I was trying to get away from that style, more for versatility and trying different shapes of tent in spots. It seemed like with 2 doors, we had to have more clearance and space on either side of the tent to accomodate crawling out of 2 doors, whereas the Cloudburst would slide into a narrower slot. The lack of space, however, is making me think that the Rainshadow 2 might be our next tent. It's quite wide at 78 inches, wide, however, so that may negate any reduction in footprint that we otherwise acquire.Apr 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm #1722898
"We have never left our packs outside, either in the day or at night."
+1 For all the reasons mentioned and also because the shoulder straps and hipbelt of your pack will accumulate salt from perspiration which will attract salt hungry critters that will chew on them to extraxt the salt. Major league bummer.Apr 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm #1722915
So, basically, what are vestibules for? Just the boots? They would have salt on them to attract the hungry critters as well. Merely rain protection as one crawls out of the tent?Apr 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm #1722920
"So, basically, what are vestibules for? Just the boots? They would have salt on them to attract the hungry critters as well."
For me, in the vestibule counts as "in the tent". I should have been more clear. I am a light sleeper, and would hear anything messing with my shoes. Critters chewing on something make a very distinct noise, one that gets my attention VERY quickly. Yes, I had to learn the hard way. ;)
BTW, never had any trouble with critters coming into the vestibule. So far….Apr 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm #1722925
I use my vestibules for hanging up washed socks or other wet clothes . I rig a small clothes line in there. Works well. I'm also planning on modifying mine for cooking.Apr 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm #1722926
Well, I have! The first night camping out on the Wonderland Trail, I was awakened by chewing noises. I had my pack in the vestibule, and even though all the smellies were in the bear bag on the pole, a curious mouse was gnawing on the mesh outer pockets on my SMD Traveler. Hissing at him and thumping the mesh door did not discourage him; I had to unzip the door and give him a thump on his furry butt to get him to stop! After that, we brought the packs inside the tent, and laid them on the floor at the foot of our Neo-Airs. Nothing got left in the vestibule.
Our current tent is plenty long enough to do this, but I'm contemplating shifting to a Tarptent, which will allow us to lose almost 3 pounds of weight. It also has one door at the end, which might solve some issues in some campsites as far as having room to pitch; don't have to have as much clearance on both sides for the doors.Apr 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm #1722941
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Pack goes under the tarp close at hand, either propped under my head or under my feet.Apr 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm #1722979
"Well, I have! The first night camping out on the Wonderland Trail, I was awakened by chewing noises. I had my pack in the vestibule, and even though all the smellies were in the bear bag on the pole, a curious mouse was gnawing on the mesh outer pockets on my SMD Traveler."
He was probably after the salt, or what he thought was salt. Porcupines chew on tires in parking lots for the same reason, even though there is no human deposited salt involved. The mesh material may well have had a similar effect on him. That was one of my first learn-the-hard-way experiences, and it cost me a tire. Beyond that, the location says it all. The Wonderland Trail sees a lot of traffic and therefore has a lot of agressive, habituated critters. That is one of the reasons I never hike in such areas. If that kind of area is where you find yourself, clearly extra measures are called for, first off being to bring your gear into the main compartment of your tent. Rodents, especially habituated ones, can be a real PITA, and I quit hiking in areas where they are a problem long ago. They are relentless and it is just too much of a hassle, for me anyway.Apr 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm #1722985
I specifically got a 60" long sleeping pad so that there would be extra room at my feet for my pack. It's pretty empty at night, so it just stays there.Apr 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm #1723002
@stingray4540Locale: South Bay
I use a short sleeping pad, and put my pack under my feet as others have suggested.
This way it becomes multiple use gear so I can save weight on my sleeping pad.Apr 11, 2011 at 9:31 am #1723141
@jonorsaraLocale: SE Missouri and NW Arkansas
We use a Cloudburst 2 and put the packs at the foot end. If you're really tall and don't want to put them under your feet, then it may not work, but works fine for us with 6' or shorter mats (and 6' or shorter people).Apr 11, 2011 at 10:51 am #1723183
@rcarverLocale: Southeast TN
I place my pack at my head and use it as part of my pillow system.Apr 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm #1723249
Hey, Jon, got any photos of your tent and camp set up? I'd really prefer the smaller tent, but if it's too jammed together, it would be more hassle than help.Apr 13, 2011 at 4:46 am #1723920
@jonorsaraLocale: SE Missouri and NW Arkansas
I don't really have any good pictures of the interior, sorry. Everything fits but the packs don't always lie flat at the foot. They lean up a little against the mesh, but that's fine with me.Apr 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm #1724178
I was thinking that packs leaning against the tent wall might be a problem somehow. I've never used a single wall tent, so haven't had to manage any big condensation issues—wasn't sure how the pack might impact that if leaning against the wall.Apr 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm #1724211
The worst that can happen is your pack gets only slightly damp where it touches the tent. But, since many packs are made of hydrophobic material, this is really a non-issue (at least for me). While some people absolutely hate any type of condensation, it doesn't really bother me. So, a few drops get on my hair if I brush against it. No biggie. The only time I am cautious about touching condensation-laden walls are when I'm wearing my puffy, or when my down sleeping bag may dampen. But even then, the DWR on these items usually handles most of the moisture well.Apr 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm #1724712
Ok, good–to read some people's writing, it can rain just as bad within the tent as without! Haven't been in that situation yet, so wasn't sure what to expect. Heck, for camping in the Pacific Northwest, I haven't even camped out in much weather at all! One day I'll lose my newbie status, and won't that be a shame! My gear list is overloaded and heavy, but on the other hand, I haven't learned how to deal with adverse conditions yet, so I don't know what I can and can't do without.
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