GEAR: This is the tarp I've been using for 3 years. The @msr_gear Thru-Hiker 70 Wing. I got it on sale for $120. It is fairly lightweight (12oz) and sets up easily with my trekking poles. Often I'll hang it over a 15' length of paracord instead of my poles so when it rains I can just pull the tarp over me and stake it down from my sleeping bag. It's a rainroof! It's a fairly neutral and unobtrusive color, which I like.
I got stuck in a two day snow storm on this weekend, and once I had covered one end of the tarp with my #tyvek ground sheet and blocked the other with my backpack, I stayed dry and cozy throughout. Having a bivvy is extra insurance + warmth.
Prior to purchasing this tarp I had been using a standard 8x10' silver and brown tarp from the hardware store. Ten bucks. It lasted me 3 years and worked great.
I always carry paracord and a few little carabiners with me for setting up tarps in weird places /gear repair / an emergency belt / a laundry line. 5' for wrapping up my bed roll and 15' for everything else.
The tyvek ground sheet is one of the best gear finds from my PCT foray into ultralight culture. Cheap, effective, easy to decorate. @thebogfender wrote RESIST on mine for my PCT hike and it's not really waterproof anymore but it's got sentimental value so I keep using it.
So, shelter =
- @msr_gear Thru-Hiker 70 Wing (12oz)
- An old @rei co-op "Minimalist" bivvy (14oz)
- A piece of tyvek (4oz)
- 20' of paracord (3oz)
- 3 mini carabiners (0.3oz for all the freaks)
I'm not sure what my base weight is right now. It varies by weekend and sometimes I carry 3 huge guidebooks or laundry to wash at the lake and I always prioritize ease, comfort, warmth, and good food. I'll share more soon and maybe even figure out my stats so y'all can decide how serious I am about that xUltralightxLifex.
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