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Batten Your Tent Hatches

Posted by treks-trips-trails on February 17, 2011 at 3:36 AM Comments comments (5764)

 Improve Tent Storm-worthiness

Anyone can camp reasonably comfortably in fine weather, but when the wind is howling and the rain is coming down in buckets, you need skill and knowledge to guarantee a good night's rest. Here are five simple techniques and modifications to improve your shelter's storm-worthiness.

A Foil for Flap

A tent that hasn't been set up tautly and squarely will flap and slap noisily in a stiff breeze. The racket can be loud enough to k...

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Dressing for the Outdoors

Posted by treks-trips-trails on February 16, 2011 at 12:51 AM Comments comments (629)

Outdoor enthusiasts have long recognized that multiple layers of clothing keep them warm in winter and from overheating in summer. Adding or removing garments is a practical way to adapt quickly to different activity levels and temperature changes during your time outside.

Many winter campers wear a system of underwear, a mid layer of polyester fleece (pants and top), followed by a windproof, water-resistant outer layer (wind pants with full zips down the side for easy on/off and a high...

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Protect Your Tent Investment

Posted by treks-trips-trails on February 15, 2011 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (303)


Roll it or stuff it? Reasonable people can disagree on what's the best way to put a tent back into its stuff sack.

Ted Ganio of Sierra Designs is squarely in the roll-it camp. Here's how he achieves ideal insertion:

"Get the width of your roll as close to the length of your stuff sack as possible. I use the folded pole set as my guide and find this usually works just right.

Step 1. First fold the body along it's length to a width similar to the...

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Packing a Backpack

Posted by treks-trips-trails on February 15, 2011 at 12:52 AM Comments comments (59)

There's no one right answer to this question: It depends on what kind of pack you have and where you're going to hike. The general principle is that lighter-weight items go at the bottom, heavier items are at the top and close to your body. However, if you are going to be scrambling or hiking off-trail on rough terrain or snow, you might want to pack some of the heavier items a little lower to bring down your center of gravity.


Sleeping bag. Most packs ar...

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