posted on Dec, 1 2006 @ 02:39 AM
What's your favorite portable shelter?
Mine currently is my Wenzel Starlite "2 person" tent. Yeah, it 'd fit 2 midgets or kids maybe, but for me it's a solid one man bivy. I've
been camping with it for a year in the US and canada and has yet to let me down, even while being rained on day and night in BC.
It weighs less than 4lbs, packs small, and is easy to deploy, easier IMO than trying to shove poles through the arches on a dome tent. 4 stakes and
the corners are down, 2 poles in front to form an A and one int he back, 2 more stakes, and it's up, It has 2 side guylines to stabilize it and
pull the sides out wider for more room. Once everything is cinched down tight it's nice and solid.
I'm considering a tipi for this winter, so i can have a fire inside my shelter during snowboard trips to snow country. Anybody here use a tipi?
I'm also looking for any info on DIY lightweight tipis that anybody else may have already done. I might get some fabric and try to put something
together next week.
I also carry a tarp, i have a 10x12 brown nylon tarp that rolls up small, provides shelter that a tent can't and can be configured in an infinite
amount of ways. I've even seen someone rig up a kayak using a tarp, some saplings, cordage, and a few rocks. Pretty neat trick i'll have to try
sometime when i'm near some water.
mod edit: removed survivalist from title due to creation of new forum
[edit on 12-12-2006 by UK Wizard]