scouts-l Mail Archive for September of 2000: Pitching and taking down a tent in the rain
Sun Sep 03 2000 - 12:05:25 CDT
I'm sure some of you out there are experienced in this feat. How do you
When younger, I often hiked in NY with the Girl Scouts, but we never took
tents. The rule of thumb was to sleep out in the open, taking shelter for
the night in a lean-to if it rained. (Usually *very* cramped shelter <g>.)
Thus, I've not had much experience with backpacking and wet tents.
This past week, my son and I camped at Catoctin, where there are tent pads,
i.e. dirt, with some wood chips, but no grass. We lucked out by finding a
break in the rain to set up the tent, but had to take it down in the pouring
rain. Since it had rained all week, the tent was more than a little
bespattered with mud. As soon as we removed the fly, the entire tent became
soaked. We were headed home, so it didn't matter that there was a muddy,
soaking mess of tent in the trunk of my car. However, I realized it would
have been a significant problem had we been backpacking.
So, what do you do when backpacking? How about the mud on the tent
(although that probably isn't as much a problem as it was on the tent pad)?
How do you keep the insides dry if you take it down in the pouring rain? How
do you keep the inside dry if you have to set it up in the pouring rain?