"PROOF You Don't Need a Footprint"

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"PROOF You Don't Need a Footprint"

Postby Aushiker » Sat 22 Jun, 2024 1:49 pm

This an interesting video on footprints and if they are warranted.

https://youtu.be/HAw8c7NLL_I?si=OduOnVoYdJR6R0iW

Includes an attempt at scientific testing.
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Re: "PROOF You Don't Need a Footprint"

Postby rcaffin » Sat 22 Jun, 2024 7:44 pm

A) It is all a personal preference: I suggest the term 'proof' is meaningless here.
B) I have never used one.

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Re: "PROOF You Don't Need a Footprint"

Postby craigprice » Sun 23 Jun, 2024 10:04 am

I have and do at times use a footprint - but not for “protection” from sharps per se, just extra “protection” from muck/mud - eg if needing to pitch in a muddy area, for example in an area often used. I do it to help keep the tent floor cleaner (just a convenience not essential, I could use a cloth but I find this easier). So my footprint as such is just a multix extra large council bin bag cut open (the plastic is cheap and light but lasts a good few trips for this use).
Edit: p.s. I fold the dirty floor so dirty side in and stuff it in a large freezer bag which I stuff in the pouch on the back of the pack - very little weight and also a cheap and easy way to keep gear cleaner.
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Re: "PROOF You Don't Need a Footprint"

Postby Kott » Mon 24 Jun, 2024 11:57 am

not quite a proof. I just got back from Larapinta and I would not do it without a footprint..in this case a piece of tyvek
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Re: "PROOF You Don't Need a Footprint"

Postby rcaffin » Wed 26 Jun, 2024 6:24 pm

Did the full length of Larapinta with a silnylon UL tent, without a footprint. No trouble.
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Near Mt Sonder I think.
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Re: "PROOF You Don't Need a Footprint"

Postby Bill P » Wed 26 Jun, 2024 11:34 pm

A tent is overkill for Larapinta Roger. People will think you are getting soft.
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Re: "PROOF You Don't Need a Footprint"

Postby rcaffin » Thu 27 Jun, 2024 7:58 am

Oh, I got soft a long time ago.
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