Swag or tent

To: Gregory Little <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Swag or tent
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 06:55:09 +0930
As one who has spent many years travelling  the remote Top End bush as a
biological consultant, I suggest a tent.  I've had too many colleagues awake
to nasty surprises from western browns to spiders making an entrance.

The funniest was one of my field assistants who didn't want a "sissy" tent,
till he woke screaming early one morning.  A wolf spider had deposited her
babies on his swag and he was covered with countless little bodies!

You don't need a huge tent, and those that simply clip onto the poles are
the best. And who cooks?  We just take cans of mixed stews and curry.  They
are even nice cold.  We generally just use our little Trangia stove to heat
water that is then put in a thermos to provide hot water all day.

Finally, we just use a mozzie dome.  If it looks like rain we either take
the fly inside with us (often too hot to have it over the exterior), or
erect a tarp, one end fastened to the car, the other to poles.

Hope this is of help.

on 21/1/08 6:28 PM, Gregory Little at  wrote:

> Gooday birders
> Can anyone out there offer an opinion on swags or their experience with
> swags. Are they comfortable and waterproof and do they keep the insects
> out. They seem to be a quick and cheap way to travel whether used in
> tent sites at caravan parks or in remote road side locations. Being a
> cheap and lazy bugger who wants to spend more time birding and less time
> cooking and camping etc I want things to be easy and quick as I travel
> around. It appears I can simply through the swag down on the ground,
> crawl in and go to sleep after a good counter meal at the local pub. No
> spending hours cooking after erecting a stupid dome tent the size of a
> house with a 1000 bloody 200m long fibreglass poles to hold it up. Hate
> em.
> Greg Little
> Greg Little - Principal Consultant
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