Re: Wet Tents - Good Drainage
Robert Gerhard (RAGerhard@AOL.COM)
Wed, 15 Jul 1998 11:25:49 EDT
I got a piece of email asking about drainage, and I thought I would elaborate
to the list:
When selecting a tent site, look at the soil you'll be sleeping on. Hard,
compacted soil does not drain well - pour a bit of water on it and watch what
happens. It will puddle rather than sink in. This is poor drainage. On the
other hand, loose soil and loamy or sandy soil will allow water to drain - it
sinks in instead of puddling under your tent.
On the downside, the very fact that you're putting your tent there helps to
compact the soil. A decent compromise I have found is using leaves as a
buffer - they help absorb the impact of your tent and they're usually a tad
softer than the ground.
Also on the subject of drainage - and more to what I meant in my original post
- is making sure that when water does not sink in, it is drained away or runs
off. This occurs naturally - it's called a slope. If your tent site slopes
even a little to one side, water will tend to drain rather than collect.
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