Am I safe to solo camp without a tent?
February 23, 2009 12:02 AM Subscribe
Solo tent-less camping - safety tips?
posted by crazy finger to sports, hobbies, & recreation (19 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be doing field surveys in the southwest US: deserts, forests, mountains, usually near water sources. I intend to try going tent-less to save time, weight, etc... but since I'll be all alone and in the middle of nowhere, I'm a little concerned about the possibility of animals wandering into camp.
The reason this comes up, two stories:
1. A friend woke up with a rattlesnake in her bag once (tentless).
2. Another friend, camping in the same region, has often found Mountain Lion tracks near camp in the morning.
So that's all I've got. Two anecdotes that don't sound too frightening, but my bigger concern would be something along the lines of a Mountain Lion coming and snuffing me out in my sleep. Bears aren't a huge concern and I'm not really worried about them anyway, but I suppose if they were hungry and I was asleep... Thoughts?