Been on another forum related more to walking hiking and backpacking. There was a thread where there were a lot of, in my eyes, unfounded negative comments about the use of tarps.
Granted midges are a problem but you can get very light bug nets these days that go over the opening of your bivvy bag. Can't use it at all in SCotland in midge season, ways round it like with midge netting and camping high in a breeze.
Loads of comments saying driving rain gets in, balderdash if you use it right. One posted a 1m x 2m tapr pitched high in an a frame. WTF! Would anyone go out in such a tiny tarp in a hoolie and pitch it in a high up a frame. I use a 2.5m square in a cave type pitch. Works in all weathers. I'm talking ground dwelling here.
Does anyone else think that tent users need some education in tapr use?
I pointed out what a friend who has replaced her mountain hardwear tent because the high flysheet sides and the inner mesh mean in the uk rain gets inside the tent. I also know that the American made Scarp tent has had a UK spec with the option of solid fabric walls on the inner and lower fitting fly sheets (they go to the ground in UK spec). SO if tents are all that good then by choosing these unsuitable tents you wouldn't get wet neither. I just think there re right products and wrong products and right use and wrong use for everything. Just like these two tents were unsuitable for most of our upland wildcamping use so are some tarps unsuitable. Also pitch a tarp the right way you have a good shelter pitch it the wrong way for the conditions and site you also get a bad night. Midges don't fly too well with 4mph plus winds. It could be less than that in a tarp so they could shelter and bite you there. More likely a high level pitch will have winds that keep them down and they are unlikely to come out just to find your tarp so you often can find pitches that are midge free even in Scotlandshire at this time of year.
What are your opinions? Can a tarp be used in Scotland at this time of year or are the tent lobbyists right?
PS I went tarp when I got sick of condensation in my single skin tent which was the lightest option I could afford in tent form for backpacking before I got my tarp.