Rick Touchette (Rick.Touchette@SEAG.FINGERHUT.COM)
Fri, 29 Sep 1995 11:32:09 +0600
> Now, I always thought that the groundcloth went on the ground and the tent
> was then pitched on top of it. But there seems to be a lot of folks who
> put the ground cloth inside their tents! This is rather strange to me but
> then again, maybe there is something I don't know or perhaps there is a
> good reason for it.
You're right, after using the tarp on the inside for a while the tent bottom
becomes ruined and can no longer keep out water.
I'm an outside-the-tent person.
I am very careful to do the following:
Take care of the tent , ie: keep it clean and sealed.
Pick a good site, say out of low areas including valleys.
Make absolutly sure that the ground cloth is used properly (in use and not sho
Make sure that the tent is setup properly.
(nothing is sagging and the fly is not touching the tent.)
It's alot to remember, and not always easy, but it keeps you dry AND keeps the
tent in good shape.
Now maybe I've been lucky but, I've weathered some pretty nasty storms and staye
dry. I've taken care of my timberline and it's kept me dry for 10 years now. My
previous tent was another story, it was definitly a 'tarp inside' type of tent.
Of course if I had taken better care of it in the first place...
Now if I can only figure out how to put in these new zipper pulls they sent me..
Rick Touchette Rick.Touchette@seag.fingerhut.com
ASM Troop 173 Scandia MN Indainhead council Northlakes district
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City