Posted by: old_user on Feb-17-10 2:26 PM (EST)
Rain tarps are critical to having a great wilderness experience. The standard tarp that is purchased at an outdoor store can be significantly improved with a few modifications. I would suggest to anyone planning on doing even a few trips per year to take a look at Cliff Jacobson's books and DVDs on how to "trick out" a raintarp. Its worth the effort. If you are going to do a lot of tripping, then spend the money on the high end tarps sold by MSR that are specially designed to stand up in big winds. They aren't cheap but the flexibility and toughness that you get is well worth the money.
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