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  • #16
    Sounds like a great trip, CG. Have fun and stay safe. I would be very interested in hearing the Pro's and Con's of hammock vs. tent vs. tarp
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    • #17
      Have a safe trip. It sounds like fun.


      • #18
        Well back but ended up not camping out a single night. 1 of the guys with us whined the whole time that he wasn't camping so we ended up in some cheap motels. We lucked out and found a couple great ones. Closest I got was sleeping a few nights in the RV parked at the one guys house. Oh well... guess I need to plan something else for the fall to exercise it.
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        • #19
          Ugh. COME on over to the west coast! I'll take you out to the reedwoods and camp under the stars! :)

          I'm not a fatalist. I'm a realist.


          • #20
            Originally posted by don1911 View Post
            I am thinking about getting a lightweight 2 person tent to go in my get home bag. Home is 50+ miles from work. Money is tight. I'm hoping for something less than $100. It only needs to last no more than a week. But it needs to keep snakes and mosquitos out. 3 season tent?
            Any suggestions? Also what kind of weight would a budget and lightweight tent be?
            you need a bicycle in your vehicle. Remove the handlebars, rotate the fork backwards, remove the seat and the pedals and youll be amazed at how compact a package a bicycle really is. Chain it to the bed of your pickup truck and cover it with a tarp, or put it in your trunk, hatchback, van. 50 miles of hiking, with say, 20 lbs of gear, food, water, is two VERY long, hard days, and you can't risk it. You have to get home before everyone goes crazy, (ie, half of ONE day). If you dont, you'll have to detour around groups of crazies and depending upon terrain and how big/many detours you are forced to make, it might take you a week to get home. By then, your home can be torn apart or burned to the ground. 50 miles on a bicycle, in pavement, if it's not mountains, is half a days' easy pedal, or 3 hours of HARD work. When you get home, you may need to bugout immediately and no 4 wheeled vehicle will get past the line of stalled cars, roadblocks, etc.

            You can push 100 lbs on a bike thru some bad terrain, walking alongside of it, with the autorifle spring-clamped across the handle bars and 20 lbs of mission essential gear on your back. 10 lbs of that gear can be an inflatable boat, which will hold you, the bike, the gear, and a 55 gallon drum of food will float along behind you, towed on a rope. you can coast on the downhill portions of the trip and if it's pavement, tow another 50 lbs in a trailer. If the food is mostly veggie oil and nut butter, powdered milk, jerky, gorp.and Koolaid, 100 lbs of it can be 300,000 calories. Enough to keep you alive for 5months. If you score some fish, dogs and cats, etc, it can get you thru until you can plant the sprouts and be eating them in 2 weeks, plant the root veggies and be eating them in 2-3 months.

            Get a net hammock and 2 of these bivvies, a regular worn inside of the XL. wear them as ponchos, sleep in them as bivvies, use them as tarps/canopies. The trapped air between them serves as insulation. Check constantly for leaks, using a light, looking for pinholes and tape them over.
            Last edited by registror; 04-18-2021, 06:01 PM.


            • #21
              Originally posted by Morgan101 View Post
              Sounds like a great trip, CG. Have fun and stay safe. I would be very interested in hearing the Pro's and Con's of hammock vs. tent vs. tarp
              hammocks are great, provided you have trees. tents can be free standing. tents will have space for your gear. you have to be pretty good at making use of the fly for your hammock (I like using a hammock, btw. you can use them in very cold temps, provided you have proper gear: a decent bag and under quilt. hammocks can take up less room than a tent. bug netting is a must.

              using bug netting makes getting up and into action quickly more difficult. I've never done it, but I know someone that uses a bug hat instead of a full net on his hammock. he says it works great, I'm skeptical and may test it myself one day. you need a rain cover for your gear beyond the rain fly over the hammock. one solution is to make a gear hanger with a branch lashed to the tree and then hang your pack there and cover with a small tarp.

              Also, you don't sleep in line with the hammock, but on a diagonal offset. you lie flatter and more comfortably.

              don't go cheap on gear that you depend on, or will depend on.