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    Default tarps suck!!!!

    im i the only person who hates tarps???? am i the only one scuuuured of little critters climbing in,on ya. Give me an old fasioned tent anyday!!!1

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    double wall at that!!!!!1

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    Never had anything crawl or climb on me in my tarps however I've had plenty of mice run over me at shelters.

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    This is why I'm getting a bug net for my bivy. Critters are going to fly if they get on my net.

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    Any "critter" that comes in my tarp area will be breakfast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PUNKINPUSS11 View Post
    im i the only person who hates tarps???? am i the only one scuuuured of little critters climbing in,on ya. Give me an old fasioned tent anyday!!!1
    Yes. You are the only one. Plenty of people love tarps.
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    I filrted with the idea of trying a tarp and bivy, and the idea of trying a hammock (which I still might try the hammock someday). All in all I just like the idea of my own tent over anything else.

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    I hammock and last year got a larger tarp and man I love it. I have plenty of room under there for gear and a place to cook and hangout. It was a real blessing given all the rain I had on my last section hike. To be able to standup/ half bent and move around and to be able to look out at the woods in the rain was great. Even had plenty of space for the dog to be in out of the rain. the one night when it was a bit more windy I pulled the one side down to the ground and had a great windbreak.
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    I love my tent and will stay with that over tarps and shelters in any weather.

    I have two friends who are both very experienced backpackers and they both claim they picked up the deer ticks that eventually gave them both Lyme while they were tarping. Just something to think about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpknocker View Post
    I love my tent and will stay with that over tarps and shelters in any weather.

    I have two friends who are both very experienced backpackers and they both claim they picked up the deer ticks that eventually gave them both Lyme while they were tarping. Just something to think about.
    And there is no chance that they could have picked up the tick while hiking to where they were setting up camp. Ticks like to drop onto their host so it is more likely that the tick was already there. Most ticks have a hard time getting through the sil-nylon. Not that it couldn't happen but then again I think that there are some people who may have slept in a tent and gotten lymes as well. Has been known to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch2014 View Post
    And there is no chance that they could have picked up the tick while hiking to where they were setting up camp. Ticks like to drop onto their host so it is more likely that the tick was already there. Most ticks have a hard time getting through the sil-nylon. Not that it couldn't happen but then again I think that there are some people who may have slept in a tent and gotten lymes as well. Has been known to happen.
    Duh....you can get Lyme by walking in your yard too. That's why I said it was just something to think about. Thanks for pointing out the obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch2014 View Post
    And there is no chance that they could have picked up the tick while hiking to where they were setting up camp. Ticks like to drop onto their host so it is more likely that the tick was already there. Most ticks have a hard time getting through the sil-nylon. Not that it couldn't happen but then again I think that there are some people who may have slept in a tent and gotten lymes as well. Has been known to happen.
    Naw: it's just that ticks prefer tarps themselves.
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    Bugs are probably the main reason that I prefer tenting over tarping when backpacking. Especially when the mosquitos are out in full force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jersey joe View Post
    Bugs are probably the main reason that I prefer tenting over tarping when backpacking. Especially when the mosquitos are out in full force.

    I'll second that!
    I can remember this one night in Massachusetts where the skeeters drove about 8 people out of a shelter, one by one.

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    Tents tents tents. Love tents!
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    I dont think i will ever try a hammock or even a trap. I like tents.


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    Not only do I hate tarps. I hate tents too !
    Gimme a good hammock any day.

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    hammock during the bug season, cowboy camp the rest of the year with a small tarp for when it rains/snows.

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    Tarps Suck.... I can get more than one use out of it then.
    I don't know

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    Skunks worry me when tarping. What could be worse than having a critter nudge you, you swipe at it and then get douched by skunk spray and have to deal with that for the next 4 days in the backcountry?

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