ODA 226 wrote:
I own a very nice, heavy, hard to erect and tear down dome tent, but for a REAL Bug Out situation I prefer the good ol' poncho hootch for the following reasons: (Click on the photo for video.)
I also have a Basha that I really love. Here it is in a Poncho Hootch configuration:
I cut the shit out of my finger! OUCH! Lucky for me, I had my "Ultimate Altoids Tin" in my pocket!:
Finally, here's my Basha set up for a winter wind break:
Yeah I know tents are more comfortable, but they are a bitch to put up and take down, especially in the dark and they don't allow you a 360 degree view, something I think is very important. Also the tarp/poncho/Basha can be erected in numerous configurations and can serve multiple uses. Pluses and minuses for each, but in a REAL Bug Out situation, I'm going with my poncho and my Basha!
It should be noted that those are videos ODA posted not just photos. Click on them. I was amazed. I don't know why they don't have play buttons on them like if you posted a youtube video. But they are great videos. He took some time making them and posting them. Photobucket should change something more than that one thin line below them to denote that they are actually vids and not photos.
I clicked on them to see your background. Mine is now changed. Had no idea you could do that. Very cool! Much better on the eyes. Thanks for that tip!
I can't imagine my 1-2 man dome tent taking as much time as that set up. Mine goes up in about 5 minutes. Although I have not timed myself. I would think hanging all those guide lines would make putting up a tarp hooch just as time consuming as putting up my tent. I do, however, prefer a tarp for field of view. It certainly beats the tent in that category. I could see using it in the summer months in the PNW. But then again why not just go tarp/tentless altogether? Then again it's the PNW. Wait a minute if you don't like the weather. Right?
To the poster about the tipi's. Don't forget Wyoming Lost and Found (or whatever their called) and Golite. Those tipi's look like they would go up in minutes. And are extremely lightweight. If I decide to do much deep winter camping in snow. I think I'd pick one up. PRetty expensive. But they seem well worth the money. Hell if I could afford it I'd swap out my one man tent for one. I think WLF or golite make one that is 3lbs. But again, a lot of money to save a couple lbs.
Great post again ODA. I like your use of the back wall to block wind and reflect the fire. I prefer the use of your poncho as a ground cover too.
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