New addition to my shelter system

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  1. hdlv

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    Ill be heading off to attempt a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail this weekend and thought I'd share a little update I made to my shelter.

    Last summer my fiancé and I thru hiked the Appalachian trail using a tarp & bivy combo. We were very happy with it and generally used the bivys as a ground cloth to put our pads on and only got in them a few times when it was really down pouring and water was splashing under the tarp.
    However, I've done enough reading on the vicious clouds of mosquitos in the Yosemite area and beyond to up our bug defense. This is the mountain laurel designs "serenity bug bivy" set up under my zpacks 8.5 x 10 flat tarp. This is the 2 person size bivy.
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    We will pick this up in Kennedy meadows before heading into the sierra's. Until then we will enjoy all sorts of cowboy camping, sleeping with the scorpions and snakes!
     
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    Nice! That'll give you relief from the skeeters and give you a little room to move around. Great setup. I am sure it will get the job done on your trip. I'd likely go with a nearly similar outfit. Looks like it could also give you a little extra storm resistance in your A frame from the open ends, if you had the need.
     
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    Just what I was thinking. You can also set it up without the tarp. We prefer cowboy camping so it's nice that we will still be able to watch the stars but have some skeeter protection.
     
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    That's a pretty neat set up. Other than your trekking poles, it's pole-less? How much it weigh minus the trekking poles?
     
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    i use similar setup but like yours better,
    yours has a little dry room underneath, my setup is similar, yet without the little extra dry space
     
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    That should be a nice setup.

    I can deal with clouds of bugs all day, but when I lay my head down I need some relief from them, or I get very little sleep.
     
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    setup i use is similar minus trekking poles, it goes directly on tent poles
    so his setup can be done without the additional poles
     
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    MLD is a great company. Nice setup.
     
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    Mosquito Insect Bar Field Netting USGI MILITARY ISSUE INSECT BAR FIELD TYPE - NSN 7210-00-266-9736 - Fully Opened 17ft x 6ft - 120" x 48" x 72" ...
    $24.95 for the budget conscious. I carried one (issued to me at no cost for my fun "adventure" hikes with the US Army)
    Worked well in Alaska against the clouds of skeeters.

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    pup-tent sized insect bar.
     
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    Thanks! With this set up I just use my trekking poles, sometimes I just tie the guylines out to a tree. The tarp with guylines, pegs and stud sack weigh in around 9 oz. the bug shelter is 12 oz. we will split the two up for carrying.

    I'm the same, I've got no issues with bugs. They can bite me all day, crawl on me at night but the sound of a mosquito buzzing right in my face while I'm trying to fall asleep could drive me to insanity!
     
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    Have fun on your thru!
     
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    Nice. Did the PCT last year and the AT the year before. You are gonna have a blast. Other than day 1, I did not encounter rain until WA! I'm hearing about very serious snow conditions and lots of blow downs, so be prepared to suffer as well. I may be able to arrange a trail angel for you at Whites Pass/Packwood, shoot me a PM if interested.
     
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    Haha we're just a step behind you. When do you plan on hitting the CDT? We've heard about the snow as well, we will take whatever it is in stride haha. PM inbound.
     
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    2 man shelter for 1 lbs 5oz isn't bad at all. I find it funny how the classic A frame has come back into style now that using trekking poles in place of separate tent poles is an option.
     
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    How much does it weigh? I have an el cheapo Coghlan's net from local camping store, and haven't even used it, but just curious to compare. Obviously yours will be much sturdier, but for light use, weight is a consideration.
     
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