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[pct-l] RE: Tarps

> From: 	tvrgdchld@juno.com
> Sent: 	Saturday, May 9, 1998 10:42 AM
> Hey there,
> I recently moved down here to southern WA from AK.  I've got 20+ years
> experience in the woods, most of it under a tarp (well a poncho actually)
> and unless the weather was extra bad I seldom had any problems.  I had
> bought a surplus Army poncho and some cord when I was 7 or 8 and just
> never kicked the habit.  Now I use an oversized backpacking poncho (the
> kind that has the extra length in back to cover your pack) that way it
> can serve double duty as static and moving shelter.  
Hi Dave,

I also have had great success with the combination of a tarp and a bivy, but
up 'till now I've had a poncho AND a tarp.  (But I use the poncho as my
ground cover.)  The potential weight savings of combining the poncho and
tarp is very appealing.  How bad is it making the transition from raingear
to tarp (and back) in pouring rain?  How wet do you get setting up the
"tarp" while wearing no "poncho."  And does the hood tie-off really work, or
is there a serious leak in the middle of your ceiling?

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