The Tarp Tent

April 18, 2005

To go on a cycling tour on real cheap, I devised a tent made out of a tarp and a rope. By stringing my camera tripod and bicycle together, then laying a tarp on top, I thought I could keep myself warm and dry during the trip.

To test it, I set it up in my backyard. It worked really well, although it was really warm inside.

I used it on the 12-day trip around Lake Erie. I dropped the idea the second day when I found that tarps were completely unbreatheable - my breath condensed inside the tent when it was cold outside, soaking everything from my tripod to clothes.

Not a good way to save a couple of hundred bucks. 

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