Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KG5AHJ, Sep 29, 2021.
I’m with you brother.
Bugs are why I do most (virtually all) of my camping in the winter. They're not a problem when it's 20degF out.
Truly a benefit in many ways but prefer a cabin I those conditions.
Yeah, me too. Even though I haven't yet become tired of roughing it for 2-3 days here in the PNW as I'm still in awe of the magic of our wildlands. I have a 3x3 metre tarp with 18 tie-d0wn points which can create over 20 geometries including a tee-pe configuration that can include the groundsheet when folded correctly... lots of how-to vids on YouTube on how to do this. Tarps can have more uses than just a mono-usage tent.
I too have been edging more and more toward a tarp. I have been taking the REI quarter dome tarp with me routinely for day hikes in case I need shelter or a dry place to set up.
That said, I can't make the leap to overnighting with only a tarp because I need to be able to contain my dog...and I don't really love the idea of waking up with some random critter next to me.
Cool! Dogs are awesome on trail!!! Understandable. Of the bear encounters I've had on trail they have all rip-snorted off more afraid of me than I was of them since they are hunted here. My concern is an aged/sick cougar which is more likely to stalk but that is very rare but not unheard of. Dogs are a great comfort on trial and just brilliant companions. 73!
I had a work injury (fall) 23' onto a lower roof at a hospital. Left an impression in the subroof I hit like a crime scene photo. I can walk now but can no long carry a pack or cover much distance. Killed my solo sailing also.
Tried one of those Razor 4 wheelers as they are very soft suspension but I was dying I after a short while with the bumps. That killed my wilderness adventures along with going to sea.
I do miss it but had plenty of fun so I am good with it as it stands. Still I was getting tired of roughing it the older I got and saw it more as keeping in practice of my survival skills.
When it comes to the wilderness there are those who see it as a vacation and pack accordingly. They plan on their survival holding out till rescued. I see it as more an escape and evasion exercise so bushcrafting is my priority.
When you think no one is coming for you you load out differently. It's much more important to me keep my pack light so I can carry more foodstuffs, medical supplies and ammo. I see tents as a luxury I cannot afford.
Once you start asking if you could hold out for weeks or longer how you pack becomes much different.
Not saying vacation hiking is bad but just a different philosophy. Just not mine.
What's so funny?
A tarp is a great perceived deterrant by some critters. Up here in the NH WHite Mountains of New England, critters are snooping for food driven by the absence of cold weather and a record acorn season. That brings out the bears--who are hungry, goofy, and dangerous, who may seek out tents, but this is presently rare on most trails and campsites, in part because the human traffic has been heavy and sustained.
The problem is coyotes, who both probe and run away. A tarp is an extra layer to make that more taxing and less inviting.
Of course, a dog also tends to thwart them. I can't tell you in words the reaction of a coyote to my Anitolian Shepherd's blood curdling growl when being 'coyote probed'.