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    SWT on ground

    I am planning trip out west this winter and I really won't be able to use my Hammock. I don't have a tent, but I have got plenty of tarps. I am thinking about taking my Speer Winter Tarp and wondered if anyone has any experience with setting it up using hiking poles. I plan on trying some stuff out this weekend so any advance knowledge would be useful. I could also decide to hake my maccat standard and use my Packa for an endcap.
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    Where you headed?
    The desert?
    If rain is just an off chance, a tarp is fine.
    Here is a link to my trip to Big Bend last spring.
    Most of the time we just slept under the stars....
    I took along the hennessy hex just in case.
    If it was windy, I'd make a windblock (see pic #14)
    One night we had some clouds so I used my poles and staked the four corners (see pic 43)
    You can see I got a pretty low pitch and I felt confident if it had rained...it didn't...
    I think with the swt you could pitch it like I did the hex and pull the 'doors' inward.
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    Maybe you could take a few pictures of your experiments this weekend Dutch, just in case someone else wanted to do the same.
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    I used a SWT last week. The first night we we weren't allowed to use the trees and had to go to ground. Worked fine. I used my hiking poles to hold it up front and rear and attached the sides to the ground with tent stakes. There is enough overhang that rain shouldn't be a problem, as long as the center seam is sealed properly.

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    These pics from Ed's site might give you some ideas on how to set up. I'm sure the coverage provided from the SWT would be more than most tents.


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    Thanks I shoulda looked on Speers site first.
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    You have time? Sew some doors on your MacCat and stake er' down!

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    [QUOTE=2Questions;81921]You have time? Sew some doors on your MacCat and stake er' down!

    Says he who has a seamstress goddess for a wife!

    But... then again... Dutch - you're as good as anyone I know with the sewing mach... uhh, Gear Production Machinery so this is probably an option after all.

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    2? That is a real nice mod. I like the spreader bar, does that go from tie out to tie out?
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    No, ZQ added pole pockets in the center.

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    Last edited by 2Questions; 10-16-2008 at 17:42. Reason: another pic

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