Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: four season tent
four season tent
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 09:36:34 -0500
Jim, in Kansas we get the extremes of weather from very hot to very cold
and some very humid weather too. A three season tent should suffice in
Kentucky as it does here. Tenters at night tend to close up the tent tight
as a drum.....zip all those zippers clear to the top.....to keep out the
creepy crawlies. That's the problem. All the moisture the people in the
tent produce by breathing and perspiring is trapped and the cold tent
surfaces act as condensors. Damp clothes add to the moisture volume.
Teach the Scouts and adults to leave the tent door and back window open a
few inches. Let the air flow through and carry away the moisture.
Generally the rain fly will cover enough to allow this even in rain. The
temperature in the tent will be a few degrees cooler but drier is
definitely better. Compensate for the cooler inside temperature with an
extra blanket over the top of the sleeping bag. That has an extra benefit.
Body heat will drive the sleeper's moisture to the outer coolest layer - ie
the blanket - which keeps the sleeping bag drier and warmer too.
Also, are you using a plastic ground cloth layer between the tent floor and
the ground? If not, your tents may be wicking some moisture up through
pinholes in the tent floor.
Hope that helps. YIS,
High Adventure Leader
Troop 59, Venture Post 2159
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