SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK
When planning a backpacking trip all of us want to be as hassle-free as possible, whether it is an overnight hike or one of a longer period, we do well beforehand to consider what we will take with us.
Since this will be your home away from home and you may be sleeping in it every night while away, why not focus on some questions that have a bearing on safety, comfort, and convenience as it relates to the tent and its location.
1- IS THE TENT IM THINKING ABOUT PURCHASING COME WITH A FULL COVERAGE RAIN FLY THAT WILL KEEP THOSE INSIDE DRY DURING A RAIN STORM?
2-WHAT ABOUT VENTILATION? IS IT WELL VENTILATED? DOES IT ALLOW FOR AIR CIRCULATION TO HELP KEEP YOU COOLER ON THOSE WARM DAYS AND NIGHTS AS WELL AS TO KEEP DOWN CONDENSATION INSIDE THE TENT?
3- IS THE TENT LONG ENOUGH FOR THOSE PERSONS THAT WILL BE USING THE TENT?
4- WILL THERE BE ENOUGH HEADROOM WHEN SITTING UP?
5- IS IT WATERPROOF?
6- SINCE YOU WILL BE CARRYING THIS IN YOUR BACKPACK DURING YOUR TRIP, ALONG WITH OTHER GEAR, WILL THE WEIGHT OF THE TENT BE ACCEPTABLE?
7- IS THERE A VESTIBULE TO PUT YOUR HIKING SHOES OUT OF THE WAY BUT ACCESSIBLE WHEN NEEDED?
8- ARE THERE ACCESSORY POCKETS TO KEEP TRACK OF THOSE SMALLER BUT IMPORTANT ITEMS?
9- IS THERE A PLACE TO HANG YOUR LIGHT? ( YOU WILL DEFINITELY NEED A LIGHT )
10- ARE THE SEAMS OF THE TENT TAPED? ( FOR WATERPROOFING AROUND THE SEAMS )
WHERE NOT TO PITCH A TENT
I would like to share an experience with you with regard to a specific place that you may want to consider before pitching your tent there. I will just say, many years ago my wife and I decided to go on an overnight hike in Tennessee, I was relatively new to backpacking at that time.
Well, we made it to the Trailhead, I forget the name of the trail or area, anyway making it to the area we planned on camping we pitched our tent beside a relatively small tree, that proved to be a mistake, why?
It was a windy night and there were two limbs rubbing together almost all night. I could not do anything about the limbs, they were too high in the tree. We got very little sleep.
There was also the danger of lighting. I’ll chalk it up to inexperience. Whenever possible though, I want my readers to learn from my mistake’s. Of course, there are many other places that qualify for being either dangerous or uncomfortable to pitch a tent.
So what is the lesson by which we can benefit? Pay close attention to where you pitch your tent.
Try to consider possible outcomes. These are some questions that may help.
Would this spot have good drainage in case of a rainstorm?
How far away are you pitching your tent from a tree, thereby avoiding the danger of lighting?
What about the wind? Would this area afford protection from wind (and limbs that may fall due to wind ) if that were the case?
These are a few questions that may help in finding the right location for your tent and by applying these principles you may be able to avoid setbacks ( even possible injury) and afforded the opportunity to enjoy your trip more fully.
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