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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-04-2011, 10:04 AM
weedWhacker
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I carry the 8' x 10' MEC scout tarp in my emergency kit. It is about the size and weight of a grapefruit after compressing it. I have had it for a few years and it looks like new. At my level of use it probably has a ten-year lifetime.

We use it as a cooking shelter when camping, especially kayak-camping. I have never tried sleeping under it - I hate bugs and spindrift in equal measure. I bought it after my last bivy (Wedge, 8000' level, August, snowing) and haven't had to test its emergency properties. It is bound to better than space blankets though.
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