Closer look at the OES 8 x 10 Sil Tarp

Last night we had thunderstorms and sub-freezing weather. This was a great opportunity for me to take my stuff outside and just have a little fun. (Being on call for the hospital means we have to stay close, so going out is, well, out.)

So I went out last night about 8:00 pm and set up my OES tarp. Of course by this time it was already raining so setting it up was interesting in itself. I actually tried the flying diamond pitch first, but being that this tarp is so long, and my trekking poles are only so tall, that wasn’t a good option for me. So, I went with the A-frame pitch which is seen in the video. I pitched the low-end (the back) into the wind and rain and the high-end was the front, naturally.

Since the tarp is 10 feet long, this allows plenty of room inside to get closer to one end without being to close to the end (know what I mean?). This worked great. The blowing wind and rain never got anywhere on us throughout the night! There was one occasion in which I felt some misting. I imagine a really big drop hit right above where my head was and the sheer force allowed the mist to get through. In the morning, the top of our bags were completely dry so if there was any other misting it was very faint.

The temperatures did drop to 30 F last night. Of course with the wind and rain, it felt a little colder than this, but we stayed nice and warm inside our sleeping bags. I used the Gossamer Gear 1/8″ ThinLight pad on top of the NeoAir last night. I didn’t feel like I needed it since the ground was not cold at all (it had been 60’s and 70’s the few days before last night) but simply because I was curious if it would bunch up under me or cause any discomfort. Happily, I can say I didn’t even notice it! I slept super comfy again, so I believe that this set-up is perfect for me. (Really, I don’t think it could get any better…) Cool thing about using the GG pad is that the pad helped my Cocoon Ultra Light Air Core pillow to stay in place. The GG pad actually kind of stuck to the polyester side of the pillow, holding it in place all night.

So, I just wanted to share another outdoors experience, even if it was in my backyard again. And actually, I have left my tarp up today because I plan on sleeping outside under it again tonight. No rain, but temps down in the 20’s!

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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