Hi Everyone -
A couple weeks ago I moved from the Cleveland, OH area up to the Seattle area. Before I do any overnights here, I'd like to replace my old double-wall shelter with something lighter. Considering the new climate and environment here, I'm not entirely positive what's going to be best. Here's the options I'm considering:
Tarp & Groundcloths: Are bathtub-wall groundcloths necessary in the PacNW? I know it rains a lot but... Also, I need bugnetting - the fam and I climbed Mt Zion last weekend, and it's clear that bug netting is needed :) but I can't do the headnet thing, I'd almost rather have the bugs. Anyone have a fave setup for the PacNW?
Tarptent: If bathtub flooring is a must, it might be simplest to go the Tarptent route. But are the lack of setup options an issue? In my limited hiking in the area, I haven't seen many flat tent spots, so not sure how easy a tent is out here.
Hammock: This would seem to be the easiest in terms of setup and rain protection, but I've read that Hammocks increase your risk of bear attack. Given that anywhere I go around here I'm going to be in thick bear country, is this a risk? I wouldn't normally worry about bears back in the Appalachia mtns, because I "know" those bears. Not sure if there's some related local knowledge that should dissuade me from a hammock here. Also, since my constant companions are my 9 year old son and my wife, I'm a little more reserved about bears than I would be if it were just me.