/ Storing a Bouldering Pad outside
I live on a boat and therefore don't have much in the way of space. Currently I keep my bouldering pads permanently in the car but that means I have either no boot space, or the back seats are out of action.
I could store it safely outside but I'm not sure on how I'd go about keeping it dry.
Any thoughts? Giant dry bags? Just a tarp?
Any suggestions are welcomed!
I know that plastic covers are available for mattresses. Perhaps you could obtain one?
Might be a bit pricier but alpkit can/will custom make you a waterproof cover
Or a tarp over the top?
I recently took a bouldering mat on my bike rack on the back of California for a month around France(no room in the van due to 4yr old toys etc).
i made a bag for it out of rubble sacks gaffer taped together. A bit heath Robinson but was super watertight and surprisingly robust considering total cost was circa £1.50, and survived really well through the biblical thunder storms we experienced in the Alps
could have been made loads better, but I would have no qualms about leaving mine outside in it for a considerable period of time
hope this helps
Hey man, I live in my van and I sleep on my big boulder pad - probably not the idea you are looking for. BUT, my smaller pad... I got an elasticated cargo net and hung it on the ceiling of the van. I had some threaded bores when I took out the grab rails. So I just put eye bolts into the bores & threaded the cargo net into them so the boulder mat is held against the roof of the van.
disclaimer; I am not the type of person who needs a huge amount of head room. But this is an idea which works for me & keeps the boulder mat in the vehicle whilst being economical with space
> Or a tarp over the top?
I presumed that 'just cover it up' had been considered and he was looking for something more thorough.
I second mattress bags, from ebay. I've used them for all sorts of things such as car seats in a damp garage. Big, tough, cheap.
Mattress covers could be a good shout - I'll have a look into those, thanks!
Similar for Alpkit. A friend works there so I'm going to get it priced up.
A tarp was an obvious answer but given it will be very exposed and out all winter I'd like to get something that's closeable ideally. It's an expensive pad so I think it will be worth getting something as watertight as possible. Though may end up resorting to this...
Thanks for the responses!
I'll store it inside* for you if you want. I'm so generous I won't even charge you for my services and I'll even allow you free use of it on Cave trips!
*Monday-Friday. Inside storage not guaranteed on weekends. Or on weekday evenings when the weather is nice.
If only you lived in Leeds... Half of my pads are already on long term loans!
Something to consider when storing it in a plastic bag, make sure it is nice and dry before putting it away. A damp mat in a bag will go moldy.
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