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Backpacker Magazine – May 2013

First Night Out: In Camp

How to choose a campsite, set up camp. and sleep comfortably.

by: Sarah L. Stewart and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

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Start Smart
In Camp

»Choose a campsite Some parks have designated sites. But if you have free reign to choose your home for the night, follow these tips for making the ideal camp.
- Time your hike so that you arrive at the camp area several hours before sunset. You’ll have plenty of time to find a site, pitch your tent, cook dinner, and clean up before dark.
- Always opt for a spot where others have camped before, rather than a pristine site, to concentrate impact on the area. Look for level, cleared patches in zones protected from the elements by trees or rocks.  No impacted sites? Make camp on a durable surface, such as slickrock, sand, forest duff, or a gravel bar. Stay 200 feet from water sources and trails.
- Find a flat, well-draining spot; water pools in depressions. Remove all rocks and pine cones.

»Change it up
 Before setting up your shelter, take a moment to have a snack and change into a dry baselayer; add a midlayer if it’s chilly. You’ll cool down quickly now that you’ve stopped moving, and it’s much easier to stay warm than to get warm. 

»Pitch your tent
You practiced this in your yard at home, right? Then camp setup should be a snap. Just remember these tips for the perfect pitch.
- Orient your tent so that its narrow end faces into the wind.
- Always stake out the tent, even if it’s not windy at the moment; breezes may pick up as the air cools. Pull the stake loops taut, then drive the stakes into the ground at a 45-degree angle, with the points facing into the tent. In hard-packed ground, gently use a rock to hammer stakes in.
- Guy out the tent in windy weather by securely tying the guylines to stakes, trees, or rocks. Use an adjustable knot, like the trucker’s hitch (backpacker.com/knots), so you can slide it up or down.


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silverbuffalo
Mar 02, 2014

A trucker's hitch for guylines?? If you're loading canoes onto a trailer for transport, a trucker's hitch is great......but not for guylines. A tautline hitch is all you need. It's much easier to tie, and if you finish it with a slippery hitch, it's a cinch to untie.

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duh x 2
Feb 28, 2014

Horn please - fail. Narrow end of tent to the wind?, huh? Do not do as the cartoon drawing shows and put the door facing the wind. Tent door ideally facing south or east for morning sun, back of the tent generally into the wind. Shock cord loops on pegs absorbs wind gusts and allows for very taut tent and fly set. Common sense 101.

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duh x 2
Feb 28, 2014

Horn please - fail. Narrow end of tent to the wind?, huh? Do not do as the cartoon drawing shows and put the door facing the wind. Tent door ideally facing south or east for morning sun, back of the tent generally into the wind. Shock cord loops on pegs absorbs wind gusts and allows for very taut tent and fly set. Common sense 101.

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duh
Feb 26, 2014

Common sense 101

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