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    dirtbag
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    @dirtbaghiker

    Companion forum thread to: Camping with my tarp and bivy

    This is not much of a trip report as I just went on a very short hike for more of a camping trip to spend a beautiful day, evening, night and morning

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    R L
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    @slip-knot

    Locale: SF Bay Area, East Bay

    That was enjoyable.  You’re good people.  Thanks for sharing.  ~RL

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    dirtbag
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    @dirtbaghiker

    Lol. Thanks man.  Hopefully anyone considering using a tarp for camping will stumble upon the video and get an idea how nice it is to use one and be open like that. Of course it has its disadvantages also and there is a learning curve to know how to protect yourself from the elements if needed,  but it is possible.  On beautiful days/nights like that though i would never want to be confined surrounded by tent walls, thats for sure. In fact, I would not have even pitched the tarp had it not been for the sun beating down on that open ledge.. yet another spectacular advantage of a minimal tarp.. pitches quickly for a shaded retreat from the hot glaring sun… its fantastic!!!

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    R L
    BPL Member

    @slip-knot

    Locale: SF Bay Area, East Bay

    I’m on the left coast.  Dry, sunny, no rain.  Tarping is synonymous, imo.  ~RL

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    Sarah B
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    @sarahbees

    I am using the exact same setup, except for a little bit bigger tarp, in the Pacific northwest.  Great for our dry summers and I actually stay drier than my tent friends when it’s raining because you can cook, tear down, and pack up under the tarp.   A friend of mine who backpacks in the Olympics frequently in the rainy shoulder seasons ties up a big tarp above head night and sleeps in a tent body under that. Instant living room.  These setups aren’t as light but are better for our type of rain, which is rarely sideways and blowing.

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    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    Awesome!!!  Open tarps are just great in my opinion for everything short of continuous torrential heavy downpours with substantial strong, non stop heavy winds or nasty blizzards!!

    Bonus points for what you said about cooking, tearing down and packing up all under tarp!!

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    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

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    R L
    BPL Member

    @slip-knot

    Locale: SF Bay Area, East Bay

    Not the best pic.  Back in January I was trying out a Pinon bivy and had the tarp as a ridge line of sorts with thoughts of quick unfolding if the weather changed.  Work in progress, as always.  

    #3748630
    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    Ahhh yeah, thats a good idea, lol.

    #3748632
    Bob Kerner
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    @bob-kerner

    Stockbridge? Last time I was up there there were three dudes on that site cooking a whole chicken on a rotisserie made of sticks!

    thanks for mentioning the bugs. That’s the one thing keeping me from going tarp and bivy. That and there’s a million trees to hang  from in Harriman

    The MLD bivy had a bug net did it not?

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    dirtbag
    BPL Member

    @dirtbaghiker

    Just north of it, yes.  The bugs were not bad once I made a smokey fire.. hammock or  bivy wouldn’t have made a difference really.  Yes the MLD has a full bug net face, so that was perfect,  though I did not really need to hide in there thankfully!!  Definitely no shortage of trees to hang from in Harriman thats for sure.  Im just rolling again with my tarp and bivy combo for several reasons and one of the big bonuses is that I found my comfort zone again on the ground.

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