By bhaver1 on 06/05/2012 09:10
I'm new to Oregon and have a backpacking trip planned for the end of July/beginning of August along the PCT from Mt Hood, traveling south. I was considering just using a tarp shelter, but then I heard that the bugs could be bad that time of year..? Does anyone have any experience hiking that area during that season?? Do you think a tent is important?
By Forrest on 06/05/2012 10:07
I'm a tent backpacker -- but have seen plenty of people using just tarps and do just fine. I know they make bug netting that can be utilized with tarp tents -- I would think this would be worth it because the bugs can be quite bad. I'm not sure how far you are going, but I recall the area south of the Three Sisters as being quite bad (lots of lakes).
By rexryman on 06/09/2012 21:26
I hike south washington and north oregon often in the mid summer. I never bring a tent i have a hommade tarp tent and a sheet of 5ftx6ft mesh net that i clip on tothe inside of my tarp cover my face and upper body when i am laying down. It rolls up and i am able to keep it in a pouch the size of a zip lock.
I can attest there ARE alot of bugs out there but not enough to NEED a tent