Same here...I hike mostly in the GSNP, The AT and other trails in the eastern United States. AS you probably know if you have ever hiked in any of these areas, you know how unpredictable the weather can be. You can bed down at night with no wind and temps in the mid 50's and wake up in the morning with temps in the mid 30's and it raining in your face with winds blowing at 20-30 knots.Not fun as some else mentioned. I think that just for safety reasons you should always carry some sort of "shelter" with you at all times, even it is just a poncho, but none the less some thing that you can use as a shelter if you find the "need" to have one...Personally I just think that it is safer...sabre11004... awesome awesome awesome
The first step that you take will be one of those that get you there 1!!!!!