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Footprint doubles as nice tarp

I hike with my 3 year old and got the Emerald Mountain 3 a couple months back. I am very pleased with its size, ease of set up, and a special use of the pentagon shaped footprint. On the second trip out I found myself packing the footprint in the front pocket of my pack for use as a lunch, napping and dinner tarp. 6 stakes, 3 lines and a single hiking pole go up in less than 5 minutes, come down in the same and povide exceptional protection from wind and light rain. I stake the the vestibule point down first, then the adjacent points slightly in and forward of a normal tent strike. I stake the opposite grommets loosly with guys and then raise the center between them to about 50 inches with the foam handle of a hiking pole. A few quick adjustments and the short sides lay tight against the ground while the whole pitch is taught. My son naps back in the sheltered corner on his pad and I can sit out of the sun and rain and read or nap myself. I plan to use the same set up on our upcoming day hike. At 11 oz plus a few lines, its a pretty good set up. I appreciate multi-purpose gear.