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11732RE: [John Muir Trail] Re: JMT Shelter

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  • Herb Stroh
    Jan 5, 2011

      JD’s post makes a good point. Your shelter depends on your hiking style and experience. A trip anticipating short hiking days with long camp afternoons and base camps may justify bigger/heavier shelters. If you are planning longer hiking days then go as light as safety and comfort will allow. But it does take some experience to know what “safety and comfort” mean to you.


      Tarps are not as convenient or plush as double-walled tents, but should not be sold short on the issue of rain protection. I used the Wild Oasis on my Wonderland hike where there was plenty of rain, and it worked well. But my hiking style is to hike most of the day with breaks to eat or enjoy the sights. I do not spend much time in camp or inside my shelter, so find this equipment choice to be a good place to save weight.


      I have also used an Outdoor Research bivy instead of the tarp. It is hard to beat the simplicity of bivy set-up: toss it on the ground, throw in your pad and bag and you are done. While I have weathered some storms in it, I agree with John L that if real weather is expected I would go with something that provides more sheltered living space.




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      Subject: [John Muir Trail] Re: JMT Shelter



      As usual, lots of good and varied info. As Bob I think alluded to, it is really a matter of comfort decisions both on the trail and at camp.
      If you plan on "blasting" through in less than two weeks, then you will most likely be spending more time on the trail and less time at camp. It this case your camp time may be limited to sleep thereby eliminating any need for camp comforts (other than what you need to sleep).
      Having hiked the JMT (and many other trips) with just a no pole bivi sack, I highly recommend getting a good forecast. If it calls for thunder showers either reconsider or plan on camping low and finding shelter.

      If you plan on a longer trip (i.e. more camp time), you may wish to go with some camp comforts including a nice bug proof, rain proof tent. Sure is nice for sitting out afternoon rains and evening bugs.

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