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Re: [AT-L] Freestanding tent or not?

>>...What about the tent platforms in the Whites?...
>We used a trail tarp on both the AT and the PCT.  
>I am convinced that (given enough #18 braided nylon string and lots of
>imagination) a trail tarp can be set up anywhere...from alpine tundra to
>abandoned fire tower to the top of a flooded hostel picnic table!
>y'all come,
>Charlie II
>charlie2@ro.com    Huntsville,Al

Thanks for your reply, Charlie. Alway enjoy your posts and trail wisdom. 
Unfortunately, I'm not ingenious or patient enough to rig a tarp. I usually 
get in after dark, find a place with trees too far apart, or big, unmoveable 
rocks where I do find trees close together. I know a tarp is a purist thing 
as well as the lightest way to go, but I think I'll stick with my tent right 
now. I believe the debate is down to staked tents are the lightest, but 
slightly inconvenient in certain places and free-standing tents are very 
convenient, but slightly heavier. Weekenders and section hikers can get away 
with the extra weight, but I would think if I were doing the entire AT or a 
really big chunk of it at once, I'd go with the lightest possible tent to 
save my chewed up knees. 

What do you do about no-see-ums, mosquitoes, black flies, chiggers, nasty 
spiders, scorpians, and other creeping annoyances when a tarp is your only 


Peter H. Fornof