I got caught in a real bind!!! My dear wife went to a wedding shower for my nephew in central Texas. Of course, I had her drop me off at a State Park that has a primitive camping area. It was a moderately warm winter weekend and the park had left the water on and all of the regular tent sites were reserved. The primitive site was my only option. That's OK. I prefer the primitive areas to escape the noise, dogs, cars, etc.
I arrived at the primitive area after a day of hiking as it was getting dark. A mist had developed that promised to slowly soak everything. Well, that's OK also as my tarp has kept me absolutely dry during some really wind-blown showers. When I looked at the primitive site I saw a lot of debris - bent tent stakes!!!! The site was out in a prairie and the ground was as hard as concrete. There were NO trees or shrubs to tie out to - just me and the bare ground (might as well have been rock!
I was carrying the following items that could be used to construct shelter:
1. Equinox silnylon extension poncho.
2. GG Polycro ground cloth.
3. Torso-sized blue pad.
4. Pantagonia Dragonfly pullover.
5. Montbell ultralight wind pants.
6. 16 gallon trash bag in pack (liner).
7. GG G6 Whisper Pack.
8. 12 feet of Kelty Triptease line.
Made the best of things by putting on my pullover & pants, put my feet in the trash bag, and rolled up in the poncho like a burrito.
Not the most comfortable night out, but I managed to fall asleep eventually. Kept waking up adjusting the poncho to keep out moisture and to pour water off of the poncho where it had pooled.
How would you have handled this situation? Could I have brought some piece of lightweight emergency gear that would have made it more comfortable? Please give me your thoughts.