Apr 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm #1272768
Randy MartinBPL Member
So I have made my first foray into the Tarp/Bivy setup and will be using the GoLite Poncho Tarp. The question is when using a smaller tarp like that do you find the need for something like a garbage sack to put your pack/shoes etc.. inside to protect from wind blown rain?Apr 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm #1728632
Bob BankheadBPL Member
@wandering_bobLocale: Oregon, USA
I use a Gatewood Cape (a shaped tarp), which has far better storm protection than your standard rectangular tarp. There's always room under the tarp for my pack and boots. That said, I always carry a large lawn and leaf bag. I put my pack inside that if I'm cowboy camping. That way, if I awaken to the patter of unexpected precipitation, my pack stays dry while I try to put up my shelter while only 1/3 conscious.
In your case, I'd put my shoes in the bottom of my bivy and my pack under my head….or carry the L&L bag, which is easier.Apr 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm #1728649
Tony WongBPL Member
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I use a frameless pack, Jam2.
If it is raining, I will empty everything in the pack and place the pack under my legs, in the bivy.
The space above my head in my Mountain Laurel Designs Soul Side Zip Bivy is large enough to hold all of my gear and protect it from the rain.
Things like my MSR Kettle, platypus water bottle, and other things that I am not worried about if they get wet are outside my bivy, under the tarp with in arms reach from the bivy.
If I am not expecting rain, I just place my empty pack under my legs, under my bivy.
I carry a garbage bag as a pack liner and I will store my shoes in them and keep them in or outside the bivy, depending on how heavy the rain is.
Otherwise, in not rain situations, I will place my shoes under my bivy and position them to be my pillow.
Hope this helps.
Hope that helpsApr 24, 2011 at 2:12 am #1728669
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
Slide your pack into your TLD CloudKilt (or CloudCape) and your set for the hardest rain. :)
TrailLite DesignsApr 24, 2011 at 6:45 am #1728697
Here ThereBPL Member
I also use a poncho tarp and bivy, and use pretty much the same approach as Tony. By the time I setup camp my pack tends to be pretty much empty anyway, and can go in the bivy with me. (If you're carrying something but it stays in your pack all the time, why are you carrying it?)
Certain framed packs aren't comfortable under your legs or in your bivy, in which case a garbage bag is an excellent suggestion.
Here's a list I used earlier this year. The shelter stuff gets setup, the cooking stuff can get wet, I either wear the clothes or use them as a pillow, which leaves the tiny fire and first aid kits to be stashed in my bivy. Shoes go under my bivy, usually at the head end for a pillow.
OR Peak Bagger 9.2
Poncho Tarp 7.2
Ti Stakes (8) 1.6
TiGoat Bivy 6.9
MH Phantom 32 (Long) 24
GG 1/8" Thinlight Pad 3.1
BPL Trapper Mug 1.6
Ti Esbit Stove 0.46
Wind Screen 0.6
Lexan Spoon 0.2
Platypus 1 liter 0.9
Fire Kit 1
First Aid/Toiletries 1
Possumdown Socks 1.8
BPL Cocoon Hoody 10
Golite Ether Wind Shirt 4.4
Photon Freedom 0.22
Sunglasses 1Apr 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm #1728862
Mike HenselBPL Member
I pull the compactor bag out of the inside of my pack and put the pack in it. Works assuming your pack isn't too large.
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