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Stuff Beginners May Have Gone Wrong in the Outdoor

January 8, 2018

 1. Do not tie up the guy ropes when using the tent


Guy rope is not just for windproof, it is more important for separating the rainfly and the inner tent, to make full ventilation and make the tent taught. After the effective separation of inner tent and rainfly, the condensation of water will not wet the sleeping bag and clothing in the inner tent.

Many of the campers do not use the guy lines for the tent, many people think that this optional, which is not necessary in weathers without much wind. 


2. Lot's of pegs have been punched down straightly into the ground when pitching the tent, we can not say that's wrong, but a better way should be nail the pegs into the ground with their heads 45-60 degree angle to the ground surface in order to maximize the anchoring power.


Some first time campers just knot the guy lines to the pegs, this usage is very wrong, it's not convenient to fix the peg to a good position and it will unable its length to be adjusted. Tents will waggle a little bit now and then when being used, and the guy lines will become more loose, so the original function of the guy line is in vain.


As a matter of fact, the guy rope will have a three-hole/two-hole vane, some are made of plastic, some are metal, you can use the vane to tighten the rope.  Spread a adjustable loop of the guy line from the vane, and put that loop of the guy line to the peg, so the peg can hold the guy rope and you can adjust the length of the guy rope while the peg holding the guy rope tight and anchoring the tent.


3. Use trekking poles without using its wrist strap

Many first time campers and hikers do not use the wrist strap. Actually, it's a very important part of the design of the trekking pole and its wristband.  Put the wristband around the wrist and tighten it to the proper position.  So your hand will pull the pole up when you need to lift the trekking pole instead of grabbing the handle tightly all the tight and hold it up, which will help save much strength of your hands and release the muscle there a little bit.


When adjusting the length of the trekking poles, many people lock the lowest section to its standard curved line and make it to the longest. But the lowest section of the pole is the smallest part of the pole, and it's not very strong. Hence, you may break the pole when you lock the lowest section of the pole to the longest. Pole length should be adjust through the upper sections.


4. Proper use of outdoor backpack


Waist belt, its should not be tied to your soft waist thought it's called waist belt.  The buckling position of the belt should be in the waist to hip position in order to provide proper support to the weight of the backpack and divide the strength on you back and shoulder.


Strap, adjust the strap system of your backpack to fit your shoulder, so shoulder strap can warp around the shoulder perfectly. Straps shouldn't be adjusted too tight or too loose. Otherwise, it will make you uncomfortable and requires more power to carry the backpack.


Strap to adjust the center of the backpack weight. Usually the color of this strap is different from other straps, you can tighten this strap as it's adjustable to keep the center weight of your backpack close to you body. After fasten the waist belt and the shoulder straps, tighten the center weight adjusting strap to have it 20 - 30 degrees to the shoulder strap, which is the most suitable position of the center weight of the backpack. Most first time backpackers do not adjust the center weight adjusting strap.


5. Improper maintenance and storage of equipments

Sleeping bags, tents, especially the self-inflating pads, need to be tidied and cleaned up before storage. 


Sleeping bags need to be lain flat and spread out freely, like a quilt, do not stuff it into a compression bag and fasten the compressing straps of the bag for a long time, say it one month typically. Because a long period of compression will affect the bulk of the sleeping bag.


The fabric of the inner tent and rain fly should be folded and stacked naturally. And stove it into the tent bag without fastening the compressing straps, so the fabrics will not be compressed and have themselves curved and wrinkled a lot, which will affect the waterproofing performance and its life.


Unscrew the gas nozzle of the self inflating pads and store it naturally after inflation, long period of compression will affect the foam from bulking when use. If you've blown up the pad or pillow with your mouth, unscrew the valve and have the moisture released naturally before you stow it up at home.


6. Wrong washing, drying


Clean the fabric of the outdoor gears with clear water or with special detergent, gently brush the dirt away and clean the fabric. Have the fabric a good soak with special detergent also when they start to have kind of smell. Then, have them air dry naturally instead of sun dry for a long time. These fabrics should avoid long time of exposure to the strong sun. These products are made of polyester or nylon materials, exposure to strong sunshine for a long time will have an impact on their life expectancy.



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