Camping with my tarp and bivy
May 2, 2022 at 11:48 am #3748177
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 morningMay 2, 2022 at 8:39 pm #3748184
That was enjoyable. You’re good people. Thanks for sharing. ~RLMay 3, 2022 at 5:36 am #3748197
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!!!May 3, 2022 at 8:06 am #3748200
I’m on the left coast. Dry, sunny, no rain. Tarping is synonymous, imo. ~RLMay 6, 2022 at 9:30 am #3748583Sarah BBPL Member
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.May 6, 2022 at 9:39 am #3748584
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!!May 6, 2022 at 5:43 pm #3748615May 6, 2022 at 8:09 pm #3748629
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.May 6, 2022 at 8:16 pm #3748630
Ahhh yeah, thats a good idea, lol.May 6, 2022 at 9:11 pm #3748632Bob KernerBPL Member
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?May 6, 2022 at 9:31 pm #3748634
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.
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
Our Community Posts are Moderated
Backpacking Light community posts are moderated and here to foster helpful and positive discussions about lightweight backpacking. Please be mindful of our values and boundaries and review our Community Guidelines prior to posting.