HE SHELTER, or in the case of that which is used when backpacking, a tent is the third of the five essential needs
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The backpacking tent should be light enough to carry and large enough to shelter both the backpacker and all of his gear.
Choosing the right tent will often add to the success of the journey and help keep the outdoor traveler dry and out of the elements.
However, as a simple truth, all backpacking adventures eventually come to their end. Therefore, when a wayƒarer is not currently experiencing the journey on, where will he spend his nights? Must he need to return to mowing the grass?
(b4.bac.20090912.0713) Backpacking in Yosemite National Park
Most tents today are designed with a fly that is used to waterproof the tent and provide additional space for storage of the pack, boots and other gear outside of the sleeping area.
In the above photo, the fly in lying on the ground to the left of the tent and the ground pad is on top of the tent for drying.
Tenting Since Childhood
Ever since childhood when he was thirteen and camping with the Scouts, Thom began using a tent as his shelter outdoors.
That was in the early sixties and since then, tents have technically improved notably for use in camping outdoors.
As his shelter of choice, he enjoyed using a jungle hammock, one which belonged to the troop, for his overnight outdoor stays. This type of hammock is an above ground sleeping birth complete with insect netting and waterproof cover.
The hammock was hung between two trees like most hammocks but this one had a upper compartment that had a water proof roof and misquito neeting around the sides. It did a great job of keeping out the rain and the insects.
During the walk on the Appalachian Trail, he stayed mostly in the shelters on the trail but used a tarp for nights that these shelters were full or not available.