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Sean "mtnrat" Staplin
City: Fernie
State: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Begins: Apr 29, 2013
Direction: Northbound

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Date: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2013

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Congratulations on your great hike and journal! I did the PCT this year and want to try the CDT. I used a Sublite tent and am looking seriously at your set-up to cut some weight. My only question is the effectiveness of the poncho as a ground cloth and rain gear. Did you put holes in it when cowboy camping? How did it do in the rain? Did you cook or get wet? My Golite poncho tarp fails in winds even with a tie at my waste. Running shorts work well for me in the rain unless the bitting bugs are bad. I appreciate any advice. I think the most amazing thing about your thru-hike was all the mountains you climbed! I hiked with Estero on the PCT during my first attempt in 2012. Thanks.

The poncho was really good except for the one time in the Zirkel Wilderness when I was up high and a thunderstorm with high winds hit me while I was up high. I had not put on an extra layer before the weather hit and had to hide behind a couple of thickly folaged trees for about an hour. Took me a bit to warm up. Worked great the rest of the time. I too wore shorts in the rain for the most part. As a ground cloth it was perfect. I did make sure that I brushed away the sticks and stones. It is actually really tough. No holes at all. Cowboy camped 40 days. My cooking consisted of heating water and pouring it into a bag and rehydrating ramen with cold water for a couple of hours before lunch. Never really got wet under the poncho. My main task for it was to keep my pack dry and it did that perfectly. It was also good for keeping dry while hiking wet overgrown trail. In the Z packs tent the poncho grouncloth worked perfectly. I just made sure that it was a little inside the bug netting floor bathtub style and never had any water inside. Even in severe hail and rain storms.

I only hiked with Estero on and off for a couple of days. He is a strong hiker.

Good luck.


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