Camping without a tent?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Biddles, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Biddles

    Biddles Suck it easy!

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    Looking to take a trip for a day or two tomorrow, and the weather is supposed to be good. I sold my old bike, and got a Kawasaki Ninja 1000, and I have bags for it, but can't fit my damn tent poles without bringing my big dry bag. I really don't feel like lugging all this stuff around for a day or two, so I'm wondering does anyone still go camping without a tent when the weather's decent?

    And yes I mean just basically throwing a sleeping bag down on a tarp, and falling asleep looking at the stars.

    I know some chose a hammock, and that's great, but I don't have one, and I am leaving tomorrow morning. I was thinking of trying this Airbnb thing, but prefer camping out. I love my tent, but I'm just not fully prepared yet on this bike, and gotta hit the road in the morning regardless.
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  2. 2old2Bbold

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    I don't see a problem with it as long as the weather is decent and the bugs aren't bad. I use a tarp as a 1/2 tent but I carry a bivy sack and bug net as back up.
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  3. Biddles

    Biddles Suck it easy!

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    Yea, I guess for me it will be all about finding the right spot. I hate going from one bike to the next, and having to get new gear set ups. I kinda just want my old bike back now.
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  4. mutt550

    mutt550 restless soul

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    Just throw a tarp down, air mattress your choice, sleeping bag, pull tarp over and sleep burrito style........ ✌
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  5. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    Lots of things you can do with a tarp





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  6. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Use a plastic painter drop cloth and some cordage to rig up a rain fly. Drop another one to sleep on. The embossed drop cloths are pretty tough.
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  7. NorskieRider

    NorskieRider Been here awhile

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    LI NY ? Long Island, New York?

    This time of year it's getting chilly and you'll be dealing with dew and moisture, low temps, but probably long past having to deal with insects (skeeters/flies/gnats). Without a tent to keep even a light breeze at bay you'll be cold.

    Like others have mentioned, a tarp would be a great start, with rope you could tie it between tree trunks just to get shelter from dew. Doing it "burrito style" is a PITA when you have to get unrolled to pee, doesn't give you much room to move, and certainly won't breathe well, causing moisture buildup.

    I too have a Ninja 1000, with sidecases, and what I did was strap a kermit to the inside of one of the luggage cases. You might be able to do the same with your tent poles, if it's only the length which is an issue.
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  9. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    ^^^ Every time I post a picture of a set up kinda like that, I get all kinds of flack about gloom and doom. :dirtdog

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  10. Sefto

    Sefto Been here awhile

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    I slept outside in a field just outside of montreal on new years with a small tarp for ground cover and a 0 degree bag. I was fine. Curious to hear what u ultimately did.
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  11. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    You mean because the bike might fall on him?

    Looks like a decent setup for one night to me. More than that, and I'd want to take my boots off and have a little more comfort.
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  12. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Crap..I can put my tent up in half the time and it's twice as good. it's a mosquito net without the fly and waterproof with it.
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    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I don't see why the Op just couldn't take his tent poles along. I found out a few years ago you don't NEED to roll the tent up in the bag it came in. I just place whatever seat bag I am using in front of my tent, let the tent down, then fold it to fit in the bag. Put some shit on top and it flattens down. If I was the OP I'd stop and get a replacement tent. Short poles and definitely those outside clips to affix to the poles. I'll never have a tent again where you have to slide the poles in tubes along the fabric. You can get a decent tent that will last a few years for the cost of one night in a motel. I spray our fly with 3M water repellant first night of the season. I use a Harbor Fright tarp as a footprint.
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  14. BadHand29

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    Nothing wrong with a tarp,I use one all year around.
    Add a bivy bag and you're covered.
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  15. monkey wrench

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    Go for it. I’ve done it for years. I’d skip all the fancy tarp shenanigans. They have there place but not on a 3 day trip in good weather. Besides saving space on your bike, breaking camp takes 3 minutes. In the future, a bivy sack works great if you want to travel light. It will keep you dry, cuts the wind and adds some warmth to your bag.


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  16. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    Twice as good? Meh

    Twice as heavy, twice as bulky and about 1/20th as versatile as a tarp but yeah "twice as good otherwise"

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  17. ibgary

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    Iv been camping in a hammock consistently for about 5 yrs now. Only time i have an issue is if there are no trees of suitable size, very rare. [​IMG]

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  18. ibgary

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    The hammock is also great for an afternoon nap. Much better than a dirty picknick table and cooler and faster than a tent.

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  19. Don03st

    Don03st Been here awhile

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    This is true. Ive thought about trying to go lighter then a tent but I'm reminded of how great a nice tent is when the weather goes to hell.
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  20. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    when the weather goes to hell.....
    in a tent you have how much stuff get wet?
    fly, ground sheet, tent bottom?
    while in a hammock when weather goes to hell, do you know how much stuff gets wet?
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    do you?
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    here is a hint, just the fly gets wet...
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