I am planning on tenting most of the A.T. thru-hike.
Is it necessary to have a free-standing tent at any point or is there always a place to pitch, stake or hang-support?
About the only place a non-free standing tent is a slight problem is on the wood tent platforms prevelent in the Whites. This can be solved by taking some extra cord to tie between the planks or a few lightweight screw in hooks to take the place of tent stakes.
I just jammed some sticks in between the boards on the platforms to tie off to when pitching my Lunar Solo. Some mason string would be helpful too.
"Chainsaw" GA-ME 2011
I went with a freestanding tent so that I could set it up inside the shelters whenever there was enough room. I used a Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 and it kept the mice and the bugs off me quite nicely.
Re those wooden platforms in the Whites: I have a Lightheart Solo. It is a fairly long tent from head to foot. Will it fit?
Fear ridges that are depicted as flat lines on a profile map.
Most are made for multiple tents so if you go kitty corner no problem. May want to cary mason string or similar to tie off on a bush just in case