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Tents vs. tarps

  I've section-hiked quite a bit of the AT (VT to central VA).  I'm 
probably the world's laziest backpacker and the only shelter I've ever 
carried are two tarps (I just don't like the hassle of setting up a 
tent--although I realize with some models the hassle is more perceived 
than real :-)).  I use one as a ground tarp and slept under the 
stars most nights, and on stormy nights I rigged up the other tarp as 
cover.  There were a couple of nights when I got a little damp, and some 
nights when the bugs were a bit annoying, but overall I've never really 
felt the need for a tent (I've never winter-hiked, however).  Just 
wondering what other people's thoughts were...