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Q&A How thin is "too thin" for tent guylines?

In my ongoing effort to cut tent weight we have replaced stakes, changed ground pads, and we're looking at replacing the guylines (no really, it's amazing how much cordage weighs!). At what diamet...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Do tent colors have functional purposes?

I'm shopping for a new tent and considering a model that comes in two different colors-- bright orange and dark green. Purely-aesthetic preferences aside (ie, like orange more than green), are the...

10 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Chris Mendez‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What should I replace guylines with?

I need to replace some guylines on one of my tents. I normally use some paracord lying around but they have been getting tripped over more and more. I found some glow in the dark paracord, but be...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by MaskedPlant‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Alternative to midshipman's / taut-line hitch for modern ropes

A taut-line hitch is used to tying tent ropes to a stake. It can be manually slid up/down the standing part of the rope, so as to adjust the tightness in the line, but it holds well under tension. ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Yogesch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tenting, and want to hookup my laptop to RV power hookup

The campground I'm thinking of staying at has tenting spots, but they don't have power. I need to be able to charge my laptop, phone, and possibly a portable electric heater. They also offer RV spo...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent?

Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent? Suppose that our old internal-combustion-engine car breaks down in a remote place at -30°C, -40°C, or -50°C, and the engine won't run at all. Suppose ...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a "fast pack" setup for a tent?

Reading around forums and in products, I see descriptions and weights for a "fast pack" setup for tents. What does this mean and what is it used for?

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I prevent this canvas swag from sagging in the middle?

I have this double canvas swag that tends to sag in the middle. What options do I have to fix this problem and keep the canvas from sagging too much?

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pete‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to wind-proof an existing tent

I have this tent: Fjord Nansen Tromvik II. It's very well built and thought-out, lightweight (around 2kg / 4.5 lbs) and is a pleasure to sleep in during summer / early autumn. However, since it's ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Alexander‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Magnetic connector for LED light on tent mesh

I'm looking at extending a strip of LED lighting into another of the tents rooms. Dividing the rooms is mozzie mesh. I could run a 3m extension wire down and back up again, however, I was wondering...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Hank‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to win against ants

I’m adapting to long-term lifestyle of outdoor living, and getting constantly assaulted by this or that type of bug has been a major issue. Sleeping in a tent has thwarted most my opposition at th...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Tiana Pyre‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How To Quickly Warm A Tent

Some background links to Aravona's question here. Basically I am her other half and over the course of the night the tent was opened many times. As people will know opening a tent in the wee hours ...

9 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dynadin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to safely heat a enclosed tent with electricity

How should I heat that tent? Is heating It with a heater okay? Are there any safe devices designed for electric heating? Is it safe to heat a tent 24 hours? Do you recommend heating while sleep, o...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by hfc‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there tents with better space-to-weight ratio than tunnel tents?

Sadly after many years my trusted Helsport tunnel tent1 took some damage in a storm that I'm not sure will be repairable. I'm therefore looking into the possibility of getting a new tent. When I l...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by fgysin reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Theft and tent camping

I used to go tent-trailer camping as a kid ('60s and '70s, west coast US and Canada) and don't recall worrying about people going into our campground and stealing things. Now I'm thinking about get...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by mlv‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What temperature rating of sleeping bag, season of tent and R value of a pad are needed for autumn camping in Norway?

I'm currently planning a trekking trip in the north of Norway in September/early October. Because most of my current gear is way to heavy or only for hot weather I'm buying a new set of camping eq...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by GittingGud‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Under what conditions does heating a tent artificially make objective sense?

My question is motivated by the earlier question How To Quickly Warm A Tent, which generated a lot of interest, and one of the best comments ever on TGO: All I could think about after reading y...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why aren't (poly-)cotton tents more popular?

Tents with (the outer tent) made of cotton or "technical cotton" (cotton blends) are heavier, more expensive, and take some more time to dry but they also have benefits (see below). Sure the weight...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jakob‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Ultra-light camping setup for solo-backping in the Uintas

I am considering a solo three-day trip in the Uinta Mountains in Utah in August. I have lots of experience backpacking but I've never soloed before and so am thinking of ways to shed some weight. M...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by gregmacfarlane‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Reattaching Tent Rain Fly Hooks

I have a Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 (a four-season tent) that lost the hooks on its rain fly. They simply became unglued from the inside of the fly a little while back. For those not familiar wit...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by cbw‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Inner tent - Vango F10 Xenon UL 2

Some time ago I bought Vango F10 Xenon UL 2 tent. Had no chance to use it yet as I had to cancel the trip I was planning on using it on. Now I'm planning something new, but as it's going to be in s...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by pbm‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can/Should I cook in my tent?

When camping in bad weather I'm always asking myself if it is a good idea to cook in my tent with a gas cooker. Obviously there is the danger of fire. But how dangerous is this really? Can you easi...

7 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by RoflcoptrException‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would gutters in an impermeable single-wall tent drain condensed water away, and keep the tent comfortable?

Single-wall tents are made from waterproof breathable material, which is heavier and more expensive than a simple impermeable layer. But if a single-wall tent were made of impermeable material, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by mark‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to deal with condensation in a tent?

I often camp in rainy or very humid weather, and I often have condensation forming inside my tent. What can I do to minimize this? My tent has vents, but I’m not sure how to make the best use of ...

12 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Big General‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Will I be warmer in my sleeping bag inside or outside of my tent, when winter camping?

I spent one night outside, at -28 degrees F, in an -40 arctic bag. I had no tent, only a small poly tarp between the snow and my bag. I stayed fully clothed but barely slept due to being so cold al...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by G.Bourne‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What mosquito nets can be used while camping?

When camping in areas where mosquito-borne diseases are endemic, what options are there in terms of mosquito nets? The mosquito nets I've seen are meant to be hung above a bed and tucked under the ...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dome tents vs popup tents, are there any inherent pros or cons besides price and ease?

I was lucky enough to be given an almost new double skin popup tent. Where I'm camping right now it's got windy a couple of times and rainy a couple of times. A friend of mine who is camping in h...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by hippietrail‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the downsides to sleeping in a hammock on a multi-day hike?

I've read that hammocks are a very light way to travel through the wilderness. You just need the hammock, a cover, and a light sleeping bag, but there must be disadvantages compared to taking a ten...

11 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Ross‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to remove a tent pole cord from a pole tip?

We have lots of tent pole segments and I'd like to repair one of our poles but the cord is stuck on the inside of the tip. I had to just cut the cord just so I can work with the tip alone. Any tip...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by user56833‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Considerations for older campers?

I grew up car camping with my parents several times a year, but as they've gotten older (early 60s), they basically stopped camping. Recently, they've expressed interest in camping again but I'm ...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Chris Mendez‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do I need to worry about snow covering up my tent?

I have a two-layer dome tent, cheap and not particularly designed for winter. Do I need to ever worry that during a heavy snow downfall during the night that tent might be covered up with snow and ...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Vorac‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tent in the rain

I have an MSR Elixir 2 tent bought 5 years ago and used three nights since (a shame I know). In any case, it was used for 4 nights camping in Spain in dry conditions and was an amazing tent. A few...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Scorpio‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Will a tent provide some protection from bears?

When camping in a bear country, will a tent provide an additional protection from bears, as opposed to just sleeping outside or in a hammock? Provided I take the usual precautions of keeping any f...

6 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Jan Hlavacek‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I remove mildew from a tent?

Similar to this question, but mildew tends to be very resistant to removal. I sadly failed to keep my tent dry enough, and now it has a couple of mildew spots. They're not bad, but I would rather...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of material was used to make traditional stove jacks?

A stove jack allows you to safely extend a stovepipe through the roof or wall of your tent. Modern-day stove jacks appear to be made of silicone fiberglass. However, it's my guess tha...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Wilson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why are stove jacks NOT normally made of metal?

A stove jack allows you to safely extend a stovepipe through the roof or wall of your tent. Our stove jacks are constructed of fire proof 17-ounce [0.48 kg] silicone-coated glass material (1...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Wilson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I determine if a tent can handle strong wind?

I'm considering to buy a light-weight backpacking tent. My current tent (Hilleberg Staika) is very solid, but also quite heavy (4 kg). I'm looking at various Big Agnes tent models, such as the Sl...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to get rid the mold smell in old canvas tent?

Bought a 30 year old classic Coleman's canvas ten cheap (it's Canadian cousin actually). It is in great working condition, water proofing and zippers etc. and I thought convert it to a hot tent. B...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Bogdan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why should a good tent be UV resistant?

From my experience, any tent gets hot when in plain sunlight, so I wouldn't stay in it (and can't imagine why anyone would) + I'd rather be outside my tent when the weather's nice. I don't really...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by maasha theytaz‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would a lightweight 2-person tent or medium weight 3-person tent be better for near freezing weather?

I'm heading out this weekend, and the temperature is expected to drop below freezing, with a 20% chance of rain. I have two tents, a lightweight 2-person, which I primarily use for backpacking, an...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chris Cudmore‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tent inside of a tent - any improvement in warmth?

I know that a pocket of still air is an excellent insulator. Would placing a tent inside of another tent provide any substantive benefits to warmth? For a concrete example, consider placing a sma...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by J Kimball‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why do people lock their tents at Everest Base Camp?

I recently read Everest climbers worried about oxygen bottle theft which says: What can you do when thieves break the locks of the tent and take away oxygen bottles, food and even cooking gas...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by emory‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I reseal a tent bottom with many pinprick holes

Our tent pan has a LOT of very tiny holes in it. We've never had to use a footprint, and our tent has always kept water out, but that is no longer the case. I don't want to carry a footprint due ...

2 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to determine the length of poles for a tent

This tent appears to need just 2 diagonal poles. How do I figure out what length diagonal poles I need for an 8 foot x 10 foot (footprint) tent, taking into account the radius of curvature?

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by carma‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to find new poles for old tent?

I have a nice and small tent I really like that is around 30 years old. It is from Sierra West, but I don't remember the model name. Here is a picture so that you can see the size and general con...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Portable canopy leg weights, how heavy?

I was at an event this weekend and noticed that many of the portable canopies had weights on the legs. My Canopy has stakes and rope tie downs, but often the soil is not appropriate for these (to...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Pros and cons of Tent vs bivvy bag

Tent vs bivvy bag - different camping experience, protection from the elements, comfort and weight? What are the pros and cons of both? Is it even a valid comparison - e.g. is it viable to rely on ...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Andrew Welch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do I need to do to a tent that's been stored for a long time?

I have a rather nice 1-2 person hiking tent from over 20 years ago. It's still made, with very few changes, and is a double wall design that pitches in one go. I thought it was nylon but the curren...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Chris H‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to fix camping tent properly on LowePro Photosport BP 300 AW II

I have LowePro Photosport BP 300 AW II backpack for hiking and a camera. The old model of this bag had the proper straps to fix the tent but in the new model (which I have), I don't know how do I...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by skm‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dealing with Sap on a Tent

Basically as the title states. I placed my tent under a tree at the weekend to give a bit of respite against the torrential rain while setting it up. Said rain has mixed with sap laden leaves (whic...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dynadin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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