On the Trail
[ ] Rest when the rain stops. Forget your schedule; in extended bad weather, take advantage of dry spells to eat.
[ ] Choose a double-wall tent (best at reducing condensation) with at least one large vestibule. [ ] Make sure seams are taped, and seam-seal any that show wear. Check for UV damage to your tent fly, says Rogers, by trying to suck air through it. If you can, replace it. [ ] Avoid pitching your tent in a depression or where water might collect. Even if your tent floor doesn’t leak, the floorless vestibule will be over a puddle. Also: Keep the inner tent dry by pitching it in a sheltered area without staking it, then drape the fly over and move the tent as needed to level ground. [ ] Tighten sagging rainflies; you want a taut pitch that separates fly and tent, which increases air circulation and reduces condensation. Use an adjustable trucker’s hitch so you can easily retighten guylines (page 46). And pack gear you leave in the tent in waterproof stuffsacks, if you won’t be there to protect it. [ ] If you must cook in your vestibule, ventilate it well. [ ] Rogers warms up with Super Cocoa: 4 tablespoons cocoa; 2 tablespoons each of powdered milk, brown sugar, and peanut butter; and 1 ounce of cheese. Add hot water to taste.