Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Four Seasons Tent
Re: Four Seasons Tent
Tue, 10 Aug 1999 20:39:43 -0400
Sounds like you are not ventilating the tent during the cold
season. IMNSHO, a tent is used to keep chilly winds and falling snow away from
you. It won't/can't keep you toasty warm - that is what your sleeping bag and
insolite(TM) pad is for. The best you should expect is an inside temperature i
n the high 30's, low 40's, and no wind. You can expect a slightly lower
temperature in a snow shelter - else it would melt from the inside out. When
you sleep in a tent in cold temperatures, the moisture in your breath condenses
on the inside of your tent during the night, and if it is cold enough, it will
freeze into rime or hoar frost. If you have a fly over the tent, it will let
the sides and top of the tent get a bit warmer, which will cut down on some of
the condensation, but not all of it. The same with camping in the woods, rather
than out in the open.
Once you have frozen condensation on the inside of the tent, open
the entrance and try to brush as much as possible outside. Take your sleeping
bag outside, turn it inside out and air it during breakfast - this will get rid
of much of the moisture you sweated into it over the night. If the frost has
fallen down onto the bag, brush it off before airing the bag. Once the bag has
dried out, and it WILL dry, even in freezing temperatures, put it back into the
brushed out tent. or pack it for the next part of your journey. Wear layers of
loose clothing, even whle sleeping, air them frequently to get rid of sweat and
other moisture, drink lots of fluide, and prepare to enjoy the cold.
> My need is an answer to the rather expensive four-seasons tents. When using
> a regular tent in cold weather, below freezing, a lot of moisture builds up
> in the tent causing the floor to become wet along with the occupants.
> The major tent makers advertise 3-season and 4-season tents. What is the
> difference? What can we do make the 3-season tent bearable for winter? Or
> what are we doing wrong with all the moisture in the tents?
> Thanks for you help with your responses.
> Jim Fitzgerald
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