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PostIcon Posted on: Mar. 04 2013, 3:15 pm  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I could have sworn I posted this last week.

Anyway, I picked up a light seam sealed nylon footprint for an LL bean tent the other day...all of $12.

Haven't weighed it yet but it is light and small enough to take along....doubt very much it weighs more than 12 oz.

We got lost last year heading out to a lean to and had to camp out in the middle of nowhere, (..hmm I guess the lean to was left center of the middle of nowhere), and my buddy had an emergency type insulated blanket about that size, 8x6,  that we used as a lean to in the rain where we had diner/drinks before hitting our tents for the night.  It was a rather pleasant time, a bit tight but w/out the benefit of the lean to, we probably would have gone in to our respective tent/hammock for the night around 7.

I'd plan on using this only as a cooking fly, place to hang out in if raining, etc....(yeah with all the weight I saved by buying my whitebox stove, I can stuff this junk in my pack).

Actually, I can see a real use for this as I am planning a few trips this season that do not terminate at a lean to and if it is cruddy out, I won't be stuck in the tent....


Probably just do a simple lean to layout unless you have better ideas....

Thoughts?


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I like it. I am looking at a 6x9 cuben fiber tarp for the very same reasons. It weighs 4.7 ounces. I figure it also handy if I crash in a shelter and rain/ snow blowing in...use it to block the nasties out.  Also use it in heavy rain to pitch my tent under to keep it dry untill its pitched with rain fly on....

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I myself just started looking for a cheap and light tarp for this very purpose. It rains a lot here in the Pacific Northwest and I don't want to spend all my time inside a tent in the evenings. I am trying to find one a bit larger than you are but I never thought to look at footprints for the job. I considered the hardware store cheap'o tarps but they do seem heavier than I would like.
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I considered the hardware store cheap'o tarps but they do seem heavier than I would like.

I guess it is all relative.  I think REI has a cheapo blue tarp for under $10 that is only a few ounces heavier than a $100+ hi tech tarp   and it appears to be the same as the stuff at H Depot.....but it's blue...and we can't be caught dead with one of those now can we :D


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Same type of tarp in green found a U-Haul location :) I can do green lol
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It doesn't rain much in the summer in the Sierras or the Trinity Alps, so often I don't even carry a tent.

Just sayin'.


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While they are not really lightweight, I really like the Eureka! brand's line of Timberline tents.

The pole system and fly can be pitched independently of the tent body. This enables you to leave the tent at home and have a good open-air rain shelter. It also enables you to pitch the fly first if it's pouring, thereby keeping the tent dry as you pitch it under the already set up poles and fly. Similarly, it allows to de-pitch the tent first if it's raining, again keeping it dry. It provides a quick pitch shelter for trail breaks, cooking lunch, etc, in bad weather.

In California's summer, we typically just carry the poles and fly--no tent.

They're really worth a look.


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