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2NDpaddlers
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01/05/2018 03:15PM
Traveling into the BW in late June. 5 day loop. Would it be smart to pack a lightweight screen tent to combat bugs while sitting around camp? or suck it up? It will be my wife's first trip. Trying to make it most enjoyable so she will want to return. Thoughts?
 
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Voyageur Canoe Outfitters
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01/05/2018 03:45PM
As a manager of an outfitter in the BWCA this question comes up a ton! If you can find a lightweight bug net that ties up between trees and you do not have to lug around poles I would recommend it. Considering you are bringing a first timer you want them to remember their experience as enjoyable - bugs sure can get annoying. Also, head nets are a life saver!
Northwoodsman
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01/05/2018 04:17PM
Get yourself a Nemo Bugout 9 x 9. Wait until they go on sale. You should be able to find one for around $150.00. I found one for $113.00 a few months back.
01/05/2018 04:23PM
If you're not ready to lay that cash out, I use one of these and hang it under my tarp. I can fit 4 people under it sitting in our chairs. bug net|404_9181|1312120001|none|06faf773-ffac-4236-8d8e-19617332753c|pla-70832909080&lsft=cm_mmc:PLA_Google_LIA|404_9181|1312120001|none|06faf773-ffac-4236-8d8e-19617332753c|pla-70832909080&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvKq4j-7B2AIVAzJpCh3ABwK2EAQYAyABEgKAO_D_BwE
TipsyPaddler
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01/05/2018 04:58PM
cowdoc: "If you're not ready to lay that cash out, I use one of these and hang it under my tarp. I can fit 4 people under it sitting in our chairs. bug net|404_9181|1312120001|none|06faf773-ffac-4236-8d8e-19617332753c|pla-70832909080&lsft=cm_mmc:PLA_Google_LIA|404_9181|1312120001|none|06faf773-ffac-4236-8d8e-19617332753c|pla-70832909080&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvKq4j-7B2AIVAzJpCh3ABwK2EAQYAyABEgKAO_D_BwE "

I also used this bug net under a tarp in early June last year. Worked great. We only needed it in the evenings but it was great to play cards under as the lights really attracted the bugs. We fit four people in Helinox chairs under it with a small folding table in between. Mornings and afternoons the bugs were very manageable with a little bug spray and often didn’t need anything. All our outer clothes, tents and packs had an application of permethrin sprayed on before the trip which I highly recommend as well.
WHendrix
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01/05/2018 06:38PM
My wife bought me a 9x9 Bugout a couple of years ago. The first time or two out we didn't much need it, but last year in the middle of June we were very happy to have it. We were stuck in camp several days due to weather and spent most of our time in it. I know if I were taking my wife on her first trip and wanted her to want to go back I'd sure take it.

Bill
OldFingers57
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01/05/2018 08:02PM
Another user of the Nemo Bug Out tarp. Works great. Easy to set up. Works great for mosquitos and gnats and other no see-ums.
Another lighter weight option is a Sea to Summit rectangular mosquito net and string it up under a regular tarp.
01/05/2018 08:57PM
OldFingers57: "Another user of the Nemo Bug Out tarp. Works great. Easy to set up. Works great for mosquitos and gnats and other no see-ums.
Another lighter weight option is a Sea to Summit rectangular mosquito net and string it up under a regular tarp. "
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+1. Also a fan of the Nemo, we also hang hammocks under it and use it instead of a tent. We had ours set up during the bad storm in July 2016 and it came through like a champ.

Atb
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01/05/2018 09:23PM
+1more for the nemo bugout. You also might consider a no see em head net for her comfort.
mgraber
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01/05/2018 11:21PM
We have the 12 by 12 Nemo Bugout and love it for base camp trips.
TomT
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01/06/2018 11:18AM
I've got the Nemo 9X 9 and love it. Lots of room in here and a quality product. Your wife will appreciate all the space.

Grandma L
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01/06/2018 08:29PM
Don't leave home with out it!
01/06/2018 08:48PM
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters: "As a manager of an outfitter in the BWCA this question comes up a ton! If you can find a lightweight bug net that ties up between trees and you do not have to lug around poles I would recommend it. Considering you are bringing a first timer you want them to remember their experience as enjoyable - bugs sure can get annoying. Also, head nets are a life saver! "
+1

Many years ago, I used to bring a screen tent minus the poles. Just string it up. Now I mostly solo, but during buggy times I still bring a bug net - the kind meant to go over a cot.
kjw
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01/07/2018 06:42PM
I use Susie Bug Net. I believe you can get it at Cooke Custom Sewing or Piragis. It is around $30 I believe. I used it last two years. It is good quality and is big enough to go over two chairs if they are close together. It came with nice stuff sack.
schweady
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01/08/2018 09:03AM
Can anyone who owns a NEMO Bugout tell us whether the tarp portion is square or has catenary curve/parabolic-shaped edges? like a Kelty Noah, for example.
eroom
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01/08/2018 09:22AM
cowdoc: "If you're not ready to lay that cash out, I use one of these and hang it under my tarp. I can fit 4 people under it sitting in our chairs. bug net|404_9181|1312120001|none|06faf773-ffac-4236-8d8e-19617332753c|pla-70832909080&lsft=cm_mmc:PLA_Google_LIA|404_9181|1312120001|none|06faf773-ffac-4236-8d8e-19617332753c|pla-70832909080&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvKq4j-7B2AIVAzJpCh3ABwK2EAQYAyABEgKAO_D_BwE "

I had the same thought but I bought a mosquito canopy for a king size bed off of ebay. I haven't put it to practice yet, so I don't know if there are any issues.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Corner-Post-Bed-Canopy-Mosquito-Net-Full-Queen-King-Size-Netting-Bedding-MT/352136643749?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D44039%26meid%3Dff2ea6b83c354fc793a4918b6396de2a%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D6%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D352168283411&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
WHendrix
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01/08/2018 10:16AM
If I understand this correctly, it is a cantenary tarp.
Northwoodsman
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01/08/2018 05:09PM
It has a slight cat cut.
bwcadan
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01/09/2018 08:57AM
Don't forget the tent at night, Take a "bug Whacker" available in multiple stores for under $15.00. Shaped like a badminton swatter, it is the best method by far for eliminating bugs within your tent. Keep it dry as in its own plastic bag and use fresh batteries. When using, bring it up from under your mosquitoes to hear a most satisfying sound as the bug hits your whacker. A side benefit is a tent with out bug squashes where you smash bugs by hand. Oh: One for each tent for obvious reasons.
schweady
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01/09/2018 11:33AM
WHendrix: "If I understand this correctly, it is a cantenary tarp."
Northwoodsman: "It has a slight cat cut."
Thanks!
 
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