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Tent Maintenance and Storage & Harsh Environment Set Up

June 10, 2017

 1, Camp on slope

We often encountered the situation when we climbing up the route. Under normal circumstances, to find a sloping slope on the slope is still possible, the key is to sleep at night when sleeping bags and moisture-proof mat friction is small, people will slide down, When the slope is relatively sharp, we can not fall asleep.


Adapting methods:

A, If your tent is going to sleep two people, choose a place where there are two trees close to the campsite under the tent. If you can not find these tress to pitch your tent, then move two large stones on the tent bottom, place the backpack in the middle of the trees or stones, so sleep at night with foot step on the backpack and head upward. In fact, this method is to sleep with half of the people standing. I once slept in about 30 degrees on the hillside camp, 4 hours of the soles of the feet was very uncomfortable, had to swift my standing feet to sleep through the night.


B, We can come up with a better solution if your tent only sleep one people, choose to camp at the place where one side of the tent against the tree or stone, place the backpack in the middle of the tree or stone, so that the overall weight of the people inside the tent is divided by the backpack to ensure a better sleep system.


2, Tent pole is not available

This situation probably happen when the tent and the tent poles are stored separated, sometimes just forget to bring, sometimes the people who bring the tent get separated from one another people with the tent pole of that tent (this happens last year when my few friends were trekking the Tai Mountain). There is the most frequent situation, the tent pole get damaged and break down. When encountered this situation we have to clear that the tent pole is actually a few pieces of pole the play the role of supporting the cloth. if you are not in the snow-capped mountains, or camp on windy weather, the strength requirements is not very severe, so it is very easy to find alternatives in the wild. The best solution is the bamboo, there are toughness as well as strength. If you can not find any, then cut an alike small branches with a knife. The principle is to find living branches do not find dead branches, looking for wet branches do not find dry branches, such branches have greater toughness and flexibility and extra strength. Supplement is to the field of lightning protection, one of the ways is to set up the metal tent pole inserted in the place about ten meters from the campsite place to be lightning rod. Obviously at this time, have to use branches instead of the metal tent pole to protect your camp, and the standing branch should be higher than your tent peak.


3, camping area is too small (of course, is smaller than the bottom of the tent) or too much rock at the bottom of the tent and can not clean them up. This situation is more complex, solutions is up to the geographical situation.


A, if the bottom is on uneven ground, and there is no thick mat to place under your tent, then you may get your tent floor cracked when pitched on these stone grounds, under normal circumstances, you can find hay or leaves to fill the stone corners and make it relatively flat.


B, if the campsite is too small, and there is no way to clean up. You have to set up the tent, select the place where there is even area to sleep on. The key is to avoid the bottom of the tent being hung , to avoid crushing the tub fabric.


C, this situation is rather special, once took place in the camp on top of the mountain, we could find one place that is flat to sleep on, and it’s annoying that a block of stone protruding in the middle of the flat area. Digging it with a knife and there is root beneath. So, we have to sleep there. Obviously if the tent was placed directly on the stone, the floating cloth is to be torn easily. The solution is to tighten the tent pole that support the tent to the utmost mode, and if it’s possible,  find a few stone pressing the tent pole, let the amplitude bend even larger, so the cloth of the tent floor did not stretch, but relatively loose to avoid being torn. The cloth on the stone will not collapse too tight. At that time, I and my companions slept, the stone lain in the middle, and we had to be side sleepers. Of course, if you are too afraid of the bending degree will break the tent pole, you can use the former solution to replace the tent poles with branches instead.


I have just listed a few things above, I believe we have other methods. Of course, the most important thing is to make full preparation for every trip to plan for the details, water, campsite and the number of team members should be considered clearly, the difficulties and accidents should be thought of ahead. So you will find out solutions when any incidence happen. Outside the harsh environment is more complex than the campsite. According to the geographical environment and local conditions, flexible use, to ensure a higher quality of sleep to reserve more physical strength for the next day of climbing or camping.


Pay attention to these details to make your tent healthier:

Tent is a very important equipment for people engaged in outdoor activities, especially in the case of bad weather, you will find no other people to turn to in the wilderness if something bad happened to your camping tent or other gears. A good shelter can make people feel at ease and calmly waiting for the weather to come. But did you put your tents into your storage cabinets or the suitcases of your car after returning home? If so, it is recommended that you read the following instructions and tidy your lovely tent up!

Any durable tent has its useful life, the appropriate maintenance can extend the life of the tent a lot, and the tent keeping method is actually very simple:


When you buy a new tent back home from the outdoor store, remember that paste another layer of waterproof tape upon the waterproof seam taped area, why? Because the tents is completed  and delivered from the production place to the store, and then to your hands, we do not know how much time there is in between, although you may have a detailed inspection in the store after, that tents are without any shortcomings. But in order to have a comfortable good feeling, do another layer of waterproof tape!


Practice setting up your tent! "If you go to the campground, but do not how to build your own tent, it is such embarrassing stuff!" Get familiar with your own tents can make you tackle such problems easier in the event of sudden situation. Incorrectly built tents are likely to cause damage to the tent.


Keep tents in dry situation, and then stow the tents well! After the outdoor trip, remember to hang up the tent to make it dry, and if the tent is a little dirty, gently scrub with cold water or damp cloth on it! Do not use chemical lotion, or forced scrub, this will damage the surface of the waterproof film, reducing the waterproof effect of the tent. Molding tents will damage the tent's waterproof. In case of moldy situation, gently brush The moldy area with a sponge dip a little detergent.


When camping in the wild:

Selecting a wise choice of flat campsite, clear the protrusions on the scheduled camp as much as possible. This can avoid your uncomfortable back when sleeping there, but also to avoid the tent being punctured.

Prepare extra cloth or ground sheet, lay the cloth under the tent, which will not only keep the tent clean, but also to avoid the stones or branches on the ground to destroy the fabric on tent floor. When you enter the tent, do not wear shoes. Sunshine of ultraviolet light will damage the fabric strength of the tent. If the campground dose not has redundant shade to cover the tent, it is recommended that you put the rain cloth to cover the tent from the sun, to avoid direct sun shining and make the inside room of the tent pretty cool and breathable.


When you build a tent, it is best to fix the tent with tent pegs on the ground, especially there is going to be windy at the area. Although the tent now do not need tent pegs and guy ropes to set up, but the use of tent pegs and guy ropes will not only enforce strengths to keep your tent pretty sound but also extend the space between inner tent and rain fly to make it more breathable and do much help to reduce condensations with your tent especially in cold weathers. And the power of nature is limitless, do not think that someone inside the tent or backpack escorted inside is pretty safe for the unexpected winds. According to the author's experience, when the nature show its high winds tents will be blown to move or just blow away even when there are people inside the tents! Make sure your tent ventilation is good! Because the body's sweat and breath will increase the humidity inside the tent as we sleep at night. Assuming that four people sleeping in a tent, one night’s time can accumulate up to 1 liter of water, and if ventilation of the tent is not good, the sleeping bags and sleeping mats must be wet when they get up in the morning.


Before you take down and store the tent, make sure there are no things left or debris.


Combination of tent poles, do it section by section to full combination. Do not use the way of throw the poles out for combination. Remove the tent poles, start from the middle and then split toward the two ends, so you can keep the flexibility of elastic nylon rope inside.


When taking down your tent, do not use the same way to fold the inner and the rain fly all the time, which will accelerate the degree of damage to the fabric, and it is best to fold in different ways each time. Key is to fold the tidy and flat and stow it well after used very time, usually the ends of the fabric is fold to toward the middle so the edge of the rain fly will be more tidy after being fold and wrapped by the inner tent as it’s more neat than the round alike rain fly to make it roll up easily and more compact when stuff into the waterproof sack.


Tent repair

There will be damage to the tent after repeated use, usually there will be damaged parts, mostly suture leakage, rain fly holes, and the water seepage on the tent tub. These damage can be repaired, and the rupture and damage of the tent poles are usually replaced directly with new replacement, and are therefore not specifically described here.


The following is a brief description of the way the suture glue treatment:


Suture glue treatment

When doing suture waterproof, first of all to determine whether the suture needs to do waterproof because not every suture need to use suture glue treatment, usually he ones exposed to the rain need suture glue. So the rain fly, tent floor suture is sure to do waterproof glue as the inner walls of the inner tent will not be directly exposed to the rain and do not and glue protection reinforce!


Followed by the decision to do in which side to do suture glue treatment, usually in the rain fly and the inside of the cloth, it should be to have a waterproof membrane on the other side, that is the side of fabric that do not do waterproof membrane treatment that side can be used Suture glue. The easiest way to decide is to drop some water on the cloth, if still keep the shape of the water droplets, there is a waterproof film covered, if the water will halo spread, that side is your goal to do the waterproof glue. All premium tents will make with waterproof seam taped, and some of them may get leak over time and you need to do it again.


The next step is to start with a plastic thread, and prepare a clean and dry toothbrush, remove the old bristles, and then apply the suture glue on the suture, and so on. Stretching the suture so that suture glue can penetrate into the seam, and then wait for an hour, wait for the suture glue to be completely dry! Finally sprinkling with a sprinkler to determine whether it will not leak, if there is leakage phenomenon, we must wait until the fabric is completely dry and then repeat the previous four steps!


Remove the mold of the tent

There are nudity and / or tent fabric has small cross spots, indicating the tent is moldy. Mold can only grow in the dark, humid and warm environment (dirt will provide nutrition) to grow and multiply. The fungus will actually pass through the polyurethane coating of the tent fabric, then grow between the fabric and the coating, and finally destroy the fabric. This damage is irreversible, but immediate reaction can prevent further growth of the mold to prevent further damage If the tent begins to mold, it will be supported, wiped with warm soapy water and sponge, and then with a piece clean sponge to make it dry. And then use a sponge with half a cup of Lysol solution and a gallon of hot water for cleaning. So that the solution to stay in the fabric surface, let it dry naturally. Then, mix a cup of salt, a cup of concentrated lemon juice and hot water, knead the solution into those moldy spots, and then dry it naturally. Through this method, we can prevent mold growth, eliminate moldy, but can not remove the mold traces. Problems caused by mold does not belong to the warranty. These methods are provided only to extend the service life when the tent is moldy.


Reasonable accommodation return home

Tent is one essentials for outdoor camp, we all know that the tent fabric is mainly PU coating and silicon coating, and the vast majority of tents line joints use waterproof tape for the purpose of the waterproof.

As the tent uses a waterproof tape, then the folding storage, then the waterproof strip will be bent and oppressed by external forces, it is easy to cause the loss of waterproof tape.

But because of the size of the tent is large, limited by conditional restrictions under normal circumstances, we can not be suspended for storage of the tent, then we should usually pay attention to these details in the tent stow process, in this to give you some tips:

1, in addition to pay attention to clean off the dust and attachments of the tent quickly after use, but also the water vapor on both sides of the fabric should be wiped off to be completely dry and then fold and store. This is very important. If not being completely dried before storage, it is easy to cause mold mildew and adhesion problems. Affect the service life of the tent!

2, tents being folded and stored after it’s complete dry, try not to put other items upon the tent, so as to avoid damage to the waterproof strip material permanent fatigue and cause degumming phenomenon. (Personal experience is to find a carton dedicated to store tents). I think a lot of friends own more than one camping tent, so that special storage carton is also conducive to the induction of equipment custody.

3, Sometimes, tent need to be taken out and dried up (to avoid direct sunlight shinning) for half a day, re-organize and then fold up for storage. This is to prevent the tent fabric from mildew and adhesion, but also make the tent bent waterproof The adhesive tape does not produce permanent fatigue and extends the overall service life of the tent.

4, after cleaned up the tents, store in the original storage bag but do not compress the tent.


By the way: play equipment is a process to enjoy, this process is not a simple action of "burning equipment", usually squeeze some time to tidy up the equipment is actually a pleasure though!

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