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Doug Green

Locale: North Carolina Piedmont
Tent Fan on 07/03/2014 16:49:03 MDT Print View

I just returned from a short 2 day trip where the daytime temp was in the high 90s, incredibly humid, and it didn't get below 80 until after midnight. We picked a campsite as high and open as possible to get a breeze but the air was dead still. I was in m Notch with both sides open, but still no air movement. As I lay there dead tired in a sweatball in nothing but my underwear at 2am I would have killed for a small fan. I looked online and found a few hand fans with carabiners that with lithium batteries would come in under 5 ounces. In this case I could have saved the weight by leaving my 55 degree sleeping bad at home and carrying just a liner. My question is, has anyone carried a fan for those times where you backpack in very high temperature and humidity situations? What was your experience?

John G
(JohnG10) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic via Upstate NY
Hot & humid on 07/03/2014 17:39:09 MDT Print View

Sounds like the mid Atlantic Maryland and northern Virginia area - Hot, humid, and no breezes :)

I find that the bug netting on most tents stops all breezes. In hot, humid climates - a tarp much cooler at night. I do get 1-2 spider bites and 3-5 mosquito bites each night (sleeping in my boxers with a 100 wt fleece for the wee hours) - but it's worth it for the extra 3-4 hours of sleep. Also, note that Mosquitos seem most active at dinner time, dusk, and an hour or two into the night. Since this is before bed time, most people assume the Mosquitos will bite them all night if they sleep under a tarp. Not so. Try it and see :)

However, my wife is afraid of snakes, raccoons, foxes, etc that are roaming around at night. (even though none have ever bothered me while I'm sleeping). So when we hike together, we use a tent with mosquito netting (NOT no-see-um netting) which allows a little bit of breeze through the mesh, and dual side doors that open from the top so the netting is only closed for the bottom 18". The open doors make a huge difference, and are about 1/2 as breezy as a tarp.

Jim Tan
MYOG Fan on 07/06/2014 21:38:31 MDT Print View

Sounds like South Texas weather almost 10 months out of the year. Was out camping by the river with my kid a couple weeks ago, day high was 94 degrees, night was 82. We were in an REI passage with the MYOG fan in the gear loft. It wasn't perfect but bearable.

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(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: (...)
... on 07/06/2014 21:52:41 MDT Print View


Edited by RogerDodger on 06/30/2015 09:55:05 MDT.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Hammocks on 07/07/2014 11:13:29 MDT Print View

Hammocks are cooler in weather that hot. Just beware skeeters biting your butt.

Just In Time
(ArcturusBear1) - F
Re: Hammocks on 07/07/2014 12:02:12 MDT Print View

They can bite through the nylon?!? (very, very little experience with hammocks, nor much reading about same).

Jim Tan
Re: Re: Hammocks on 07/07/2014 15:02:20 MDT Print View

I look back fondly at my youth in parts of the jungles of southeast asia where mosquitoes bites through leather boots. I don't miss them.

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Re: Tent Fan on 07/09/2014 16:35:01 MDT Print View

“My question is, has anyone carried a fan for those times where you backpack in very high temperature and humidity situations? What was your experience?”

Yep. In MD and MO. The fan was great! Even if a cloud came down and settled on your camp spot and tried to soak everything, inside the tent will be dry with that o-so-slight fan breeze. You do need some small ventilation cracks for it to work. My fan is 8oz and uses 1D cell. It would last me 3 nights. But if I want to go SUL, I just bear with the dampness.

-May you not soak your bag
-The mountains were made for Tevas