Ice storms, polar vertexes and bothrops atrox

May 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Who remembers the Great Winter of 2013-14?  Now that the weather has warmed up, the ice storms and polar vertexes have become a hazy memory.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have this kind of weather all year round?  But a tropical climate will come with it’s own fauna like the bothrops atrox, a venomous pit viper found in South America.  Here it is, slithering towards a tent.  Unfortunately, that particular tebothrops atroxnt doesn’t have a floor, so it’s no surprise that the occupant didn’t wait around too long!  And it seems to be coming from the SansBug where the sewn-in floor thwarted entry into the tesnake tentnt!

Thanks so much to Dr. Ernesto Ortiz of Duke University for sending these pics.  Dr. Ortiz is studying infectious diseases in the Peruvian Amazon.  Here’s part of an email from him:

I just bought another SansBug tent,  they are amazing!  Very useful for the field.  I take it to the Peruvian rainforest for our research fieldwork trips (very hot, lots of bugs and humid) and it even protected me from one of the most poisonous snakes of the Amazonsnake tent 2 (look at the picture attached).
Thanks to its floor, it prevented the snake to get into the tent something that the other bug net (the white) did not have.  As for the guy that was in the floor-less tent he flew out of it when I woke him up screaming out loud that a snake was next to him and could easily sneak into his floor-less tent.
It was a pretty scary moment to wake up and see a snake right next to my tent.  Anyway, part of the adventures of working in the jungle

My best,

Ernesto J. Ortiz, MD, MPH
Associate in Research
Duke Global Health Institute



Free-standing Mosquito Nets for Conservationists

May 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Northern Jaguar Reserve(The SansBug) assures me that I have a good bug, scorpion and snake proof tent to sleep in every night.

Here’s a letter from Rick Williams, the reserve manager of the Northern Jaguar Reserve in northern Sonora, Mexico.   The reserve is managed by Northern Jaguar Project (NJP), formed by conservationists from the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.  The NJP is dedicated to ensure protection of the jaguar in its northernmost range, as well as a host of other threatened species and habitat.  Please visit their website at to learn more about this beautiful creature and their efforts to protect it.

Rick took the picture on the left when he was using the SansBug III to supervise a construction project.  He used a small section of a used billboard tarp for a ground cloth for added thorn protection.

Hello SansBug,

 I’m writing to tell you how much I have relied on my (two) SansBugs both for comfort and safety, as well as piece of mind and getting a good night’s sleep.  I am the reserve manager for the newly-formed Northern Jaguar Reserve in the northeastern region of the state of Sonora, Mexico.  (Yes, we have a sustainable population of wild jaguars, the same as the jungle cat, just south of the U.S. border.  They once ranged throughout much of the southern U.S. and we’re hoping our conservation efforts will help to re-populate some of these areas someday through natural dispersal.)

 The NJR consists of over 50 thousand acres of former ranches in rough foothill mountains, and with the infrastructure very primitive, I camp every night I’m there, often moving daily to a new location.  The ease of setting up and taking down a SansBug is a great help so I can concentrate more on my work than on making and breaking camp every day.  And, of course, this convenience assures me that I have a good bug, scorpion and snake proof tent to sleep in every night.  Without the SansBug, I’m sure that some nights I would cut corners from being tired, not properly fix a mosquito net or pitch a conventional pole-stake-rope-rainfly tent, and get bitten by something, or at least awakened in the middle of the night by the inevitable buzzing in my ear of mosquitos.  As well, I greatly enjoy the almost all net design, because the reserve is hot during much of the year.

Thank you so much for your product, and I might say as well for selling it at a reasonable price.


Rick Williams

Reserve Manager

Northern Jaguar Reserve

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