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Options for Shelter

May 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

There are a number of options at your disposal if you want to have protection while camping. The first option would be no shelter at all, if you can manage that. The others are a bivy sack, tent, tarp, bug screen or hammock (if they have enclosures).

Choosing which one to get means that you should first look at the option that gives you the comfort that you want from it, and then to the price that you’re looking for. For me, the shelter needs to protect me during a storm and keep the mosquitoes out. Basically, what I want is something that gives the best protection against bugs and rain (tent, bivy sack or hammock). Out of all of these, the standalone bivy doesn’t offer too much space so I would probably take it out of the equation.

If I’m going alone on a hike, I would avoid carrying a tent, but if there is someone else with me then the weight can be shared. For a solo trip, my options would be hammock, tarp/bivy or tarp/bug screen.

Here is what you need to know about the hammock. There are a number of advantages when using a hammock to sleep. Two trees that are around 9 feet apart is all you need to sleep in a hammock. If there is a forest nearby, you are sure to find that pair of trees for your hammock.

With a hammock you don’t have to worry that there is a slope or a puddle in the area. Plus, since hammocks have advanced in time, you’re in no danger of falling over from them.

They’re great for those that go alone in hiking trips, since their weight is usually less than 4 pounds. Spending just $100 will give you a hammock that weighs under 3 pounds.

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