Equipment Guides

Pitching tents - How to set up a camping & hiking tent
Pitching a tent begins with finding the best tent location available to determine where and how to pitch a Tent. The method of setting tents up will depend on your tent type, so the first thing to do is to read your tent manuals for exact instructions. 

Finding an ideal location

  • Select a safe and secure place to pitch your tent, well protected from natural weather forces (wind, rain and sun).
  • Tent location should be higher than the vicinity to prevent water from entering.
  • Avoid mountain and hill tops (high winds and lightening) as well as low lying areas (water logging during rains).
  • Find a location surrounded by natural obstacles – it will provide barriers to the sun, wind and rain. Trees and rocks are ideal.
  • A source of water (streams, rivers, etc.)in the vicinity is useful for cleaning up and washing dishes.
Pitching a tent
  • Pitch your tent on an even surface of smooth soil or grass that allows you to easily secure your pegs.
  • Make sure the tent has been pitched firmly and evenly to withstand high winds.
  • Determine the wind direction and make sure your tent doors and vents are aligned along the direction of the wind. This will aid ventilation and prevent condensation.
Cooking area
  • Create a cooking area at least 30 feet away from your tent and in such a direction that the smoke and sparks are blown away from the tent and not towards it.
  • Never cook inside your tent. It can lead to hazards like fire and carbon monoxide poisoning, besides damaging your tent.
Surviving a rain storm is an art form in the wilderness. If your rain fly is properly secured on your tent and all your windows are zipped up you should be able to withstand some downpours. If the rain is heavy, you may want to tie the sides out to make the rain fly tauter.
The guy lines can be staked to the ground or to nearby trees (this is what that extra nylon rope is for that came with your tent originally).
A cheap plastic tarp can also be a lifesaver in these kind of weather conditions. String up the tarp above your tent for added protection. Neoprene seam sealant is a great tool for preparing for the rain in advance!
Stuff Sacks: Having to cram a dusty hot tent into a tight flimsy bag and potentially damage to the tent. If the original storage bag falls apart or is way too, tight of a fit, you may want to find a big old zipper sack. A duffel bag or old garment bag works. These can be found easily at any thrift store or sporting goods store.

Remember not to store food in your tent if you are camping in a Wildlife park or in a Forest area. Bears and wildlife have a great sense of smell. Plus cook downwind or away from your tent all together. In the middle of the night after a long day hike, you are finally getting some much needed sleep and nothing worse than having a bear rip through that thin tent wall after a left over energy bar. No toothpaste, no deodorant, no lip balm, NOTHING that has a scent.