Jul 31, 2010 at 8:10 am #1261742
Headed to Rae Lakes in a couple weeks and I need a quick and dirty solution to tarp camping in skeeter hell. I have a head net which i hope is okay for when I'm hiking. I planned on sleeping with the head net on, in my quilt, but maybe that's not good enough. Do they carry decent netting at local fabric stores?
Parameters: I'm stupid, broke and lazy do it must be easy, cheap and light.Jul 31, 2010 at 10:11 am #1633747
@vickrhinesLocale: Central Texas
For just skeeters, fabric stores have toole, a net fabric for stuff like retro prom dresses. It's cheap, not durable, but very light. It usually comes in 48" or 54" widths. The 54 is wide enough to make a sort of tent. You could make it full length or half length, depending on how hot the weather will be. (what's worse, mosquitoes or sweating all night?) A simple tripod will keep the net off your face. Three pieces of gardener's bamboo (maybe 3/8 or 1/2" in diameter, 6 for $3 at Home Depot) will do. Cut 3 pieces to the length that works. Drill a hole at the end of each, run a cord through, tie a knot in both ends. Or use duct tape. Done. A tripod. Use small (4 or 5") stakes cut from coat hanger to hold the sides down. Just poke them through the net.Jul 31, 2010 at 11:23 am #1633756
John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Texas
Easy and light but what is your level of cheap?
Campmor has this;
Sorry for the huge link. :-(
Found this on Amazon;
You could cut it down to size. :-)
Check out the camping aisle of your local Academy Sports.
NewtonJul 31, 2010 at 11:53 am #1633763
@sschloss1Locale: New England
+1/2 on the above suggestion–I'd suggest the Coghlan's hikers mosquito net (just search for that term in amazon) instead. I think it weighs 5 oz. It's easy to suspend from any tarp or your trekking poles.Jul 31, 2010 at 1:19 pm #1633774
John S.BPL Member
Quick and dirty is to guy some tulle, cut it to size and tuck in into your shirt as a headnet.Jul 31, 2010 at 3:59 pm #1633801
Elliott WolinBPL Member
@ewolinLocale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
I saw a Coleman head net in Walmart for $1.50. It weighed a fraction of an ounce, perhaps too flimsy to sleep in.Jul 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm #1633859
That Coghlans should fit the bill nicely. Thanks everyone for your help, I'm gonna need it!Aug 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm #1636084
At the Army Surplus I found a Stansport Mosquito Net, $20 and very light. I hope it works well, it only has 4 tie-out loops so it's hard to tell if it will actually seal well against the ground.Aug 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm #1636093
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
"…it's hard to tell if it will actually seal well against the ground."
That is why they invented rocks.
I slept this way on one trip. I put rocks around the inside of three sides. One long side was left unrocked so that I could come and go easily.
–B.G.–Aug 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm #1636095
Hey, for $20 bucks, rocks works just fine with me!
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