I'm just wondering if anyone can give any suggestions as to what to use for a ground sheet in a hot tent (besides Spruce boughs)? I have lots of those cheap blue tarps but would imagine they would be very slippery. I found this online and thought it might be a good idea (the canvas would make it less slippery but it would still be waterproof): http://www.homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Paint-Décor/Painting-Supplies/Paint-Applicator-Acc/Drop-Cloths/Drop-Cloths/5-x-12-Laminated-Canvas-Drop-Sheet/_/N-ntlr8/R-I1643393
Any suggestions would be appreciated! My first hot tent trip will be next winter and I want to make sure I'm prepared!
***Sorry I just saw the other post similar to this one (not sure how I missed that initially)...Can't seem to delete this one now!
We've been using typar house wrap. Its like tyvek but it has a mat of poly fibers that make it much less slippery. Google image it and you'll see what i mean about the fibers. I am satisfied with its performance. I can't help with a source.
We have always just left the floor the way it is (snow covored or shoveled down to the frost) where we walk and then cheap blue tarp under the sleeping system. The key is that we then put eggcrate foam on top of the tarp. The foam stays put and provides the necessary layer between you and the warmth sucking ground. The foam is bulky but very lightwieght.
You are never lost, late, or lagging behind if you are on an adventure.
Go to the Quetico and use a pine bow floor. BY FAR the best experience ever! Smells great, can walk in with your boots on , spill wTer with zero worries and after a day or two you have a very warm floor!
Otherwisw we shovel to the bare ground and use a tarp under our sleeping mats (with expeds on top).
Obviously you dont want to go into an established site and just strip a few trees. We went well off the "beaten path" so to speak. Also, we were careful in how we accumulated the branches. We did not strip down one tree or leave the bed of pine when we left. A couple branches per tree over a large area. Also we scattered them when we left.
It makes it worth the extra effort of getting into Quetico.