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How to pitch a tent like a boss!

  • 19th Oct 2018
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  • by Shannon from Zen Mountain

Pitching your tent is not really difficult anymore. Manufacturers have developed a wide range of tents that can be easily set up. But having said this, the type of tent and its usage will decide how long or how much effort is required.

Here's some steps to pitch your tent

Step 1: Find a Suitable Camping Spot

Explore hundreds of campsites on Camp Monks website and find a campsite thats perfect for you. Use their filters to choose between amenities and locations from over 200 campsites in India. Once you find a campsite, it's time to find yourself an appropriate camping spot. A flat surface is preferable, clean out any sharp rocks and stones so that it doesn't tear the underside of the tent or make your sleep uncomfortable.

Step 2: Lay out all the parts of the tent

•    Main Body

•    Fly Sheet / Rain Sheet

•    Ground Cloth (depends on manufacturer)

•    Tent Poles

•    Stakes. Comes in two styles 1) J hook 2) V shape

•    Guy Lines (For large 3 person tents)

Ensure you have all the parts of a tent before you head to your campsite.

Step 3: Put the groundsheet on the floor and ensure there are no sticks and stones below it.

Lay the ground cloth or the footprint if available with the shiny side facing the sky. The ground cloth is a tarp, provided by some camping tent manufacturers and provides additional waterproofing from the ground surface and also prevents the main tent body from getting damaged. Please note this not a standard part of the tent and really depends from brand to brand.

Step 4: Put the main body on the ground sheet

Lay the main body on top of the ground cloth with the hooks being on top. The corners of the tent usually have color coded nylon tags. Match the tags of the main body with the colors of the ground cloth.

Step 5: Assemble the poles

Assemble the poles and ensure they sit firmly into the other section. Most tents come with 4 poles, two long poles in one colour and 2 small poles in another colour. The poles are sometimes colour coordinated with the nylon tags on the tent body.

Step 6: Fix the Poles to the tent

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Lay the poles down on the main body and insert one end into the grommet or the holder on the tag. Now insert the opposite end of the pole into the opposite side of the grommet which creates a tension and makes the pole into a semicircle shape.

Now use the small plastic clips on the tent body to hook it the pole.

Take the other long pole and repeat the same process.

Pro Tip: Ensure the door of the tent faces away from the wind to keep yourself warm during the night. Facing the door towards the rising sun will also ensure you wake up with the warmth of the sun.

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Step 7: Insert the stakes into the ground

Loop the tent’s grommet or nylon loops to the stake and insert it into the ground. Insert the stakes into the ground at a 45-degree angle facing away from the tent and creating tension. Some people prefer inserting the stake straight into the ground if the ground is loose or wet. You can use a stone to hit the stake into the ground. Aluminum stakes or J hooks tend to get damaged when stones are used to hit it into the ground so be careful. Do this for all four corners of the tent.

Always do the opposite sides to main consistent tension on the tent.

And watch your fingers.

Step 8: Put the rain fly on top of the tent.

Ensure the seams are on top of the pole and the nylon straps match. Use the grommet on the nylon strap to insert it below the tent pole that is touching the ground, this ensures the rain fly does not blow away in the wind. Make sure the door on the rain fly matches the door on the tent

Use the extra stakes or pegs on the loops of the rain fly and insert it into the ground just like you did for the main body.

If your tent has a vestibule area or a large tent that requires extra holding down, use the guy lines and stakes to hook it into the ground.

That’s it! Your tent is up.

If you had a difficult time setting up your camping tent, don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it after a couple of times and become an expert at pitching a camping tent.

Closing Words: We love and encourage everyone to spend more time outdoors. But the earth is unable to keep up with our demands. As sustainable travelers, it’s our duty to ensure we minimize our impacts by following the leave no trace principles.

About the Author:

Shannon is the founder of Zen Mountain Gear. Zen Mountain Gear is India’s First Marketplace created with the mission of curating and selling Indian and International Outdoor Gear brands trusted by outdoor enthusiast.

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