Apr 21, 2013 at 9:46 am #1301993
Frank H.BPL Member
I've been thinking lately about how many people still take a tarp and don't bring any kind of poles/sticks to help set it up. With the new shelters that have been coming out (hexamid, gatewood) there doesn't seem to be any downside (weight, ease of setting up) to just carry one pole for these shelters.
Does anyone one still hike with out their shelter poles and if so have you had any bad situation that you wish you would have brought at least one?Apr 21, 2013 at 9:56 am #1979002
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I did a tarp without pole for a while. But, it's difficult enough finding a nice flat spot without also having to have it oriented properly to a tree or rock. Especially in alpine areas which I like.Apr 21, 2013 at 10:01 am #1979004
I don't carry anything. I have never had a problem using a tree or a stick. I use a flat tarp with a half pyramid generally.Apr 21, 2013 at 10:12 am #1979010
James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
I usually carry only one hiking staff. A homemade, 3.8oz one. Most of the time, I can use a longer stick (55-60"), but I can always use the staff(43") if I cannot find one.Apr 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm #1979046
Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I have quit using trekking poles. For my Hexamid I bought the zPacks carbon fiber poles. But I find it bends too much is the wind. Replaced it with a carbon fiber pole from Josh over at R.L. Much better, but it is almost the same weight as a LT4. Not many tree branches in the desert.
Recently I bought a Trailstar for those really windy conditions. But a light carbon fiber pole is not going to be able to handle the tension, and two poles are needed in most pitches, plus adjustable from around 38" to 48" will be highly desirable. A real conundrum for me!Apr 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm #1979051
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
I have never carried a pole. I've always pitched off a tree. Above the treeline, you can improvise off big boulders. All you need is one high object to tie off too.Apr 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm #1979072
@baltLocale: East Coast
About a hundred years ago I took a month-long NOLS course in the Wind Rivers. All of us used tarps, and nobody carried trekking poles or walking sticks (or any other kind of poles). Worked out fine above tree-line… at least that's how I remember it.
That said, I've slept in a conventional free-standing tent for all my camping since then.Apr 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm #1979083
John GBPL Member
@johng10Locale: Mid-Atlantic via Upstate NY
I'm in the eastern forests. It takes a couple of minutes to locate sticks, but there is always downed trees within a hundred yards with 1.5 inch thick branches. Bring a sharp knife to cut notches around the branch until you can break it off. A swiss army knife with a saw is easier, but heavier. Only worth it if you are making fires every day imo.May 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm #1982289
Just ,came back from tarp camping did a video you can see what I did cheersMay 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm #1982319
Brian JohnsBPL Member
Great video production – and the dog. Not exactly an LNT approach, but I know there are advocates and opponents when it comes to LNT camping. I for one would keep the fire pit but camp around the sapling.
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