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Backpacker Magazine – October 2009

Stay Comfortable in Any Weather: Wind

Read the terrain and use anchors to stay grounded.

by: Molly Loomis

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Pick Your Conditions
RAIN
COLD
HEAT

On the Trail | In Camp | Key Gear

IN CAMP

Increase stability. Trust us: A poorly pitched tent that groans and flaps for hours makes for a terrible night's sleep. Give your tent much-needed flexibility by passing a 5mm bungee cord through your fly's guy loop several times, tying the cord to the guyline, and staking it out. Because it gives a bit, says Fierer, "It'll stay tighter longer, and this prevents ripping the tent."

Pitch a lead tent. Set up other tents in a line in its lee, advises Van Steen. The lead tent (which should be the largest) will shield the rest from cold gusts during setup and throughout the night. Build a windbreak. In winter, use snow to construct a wall around your site. (Don't dig a pit around your tent, or drifting flakes will fill it in.)

Keep meals grit-free. Stick to easy, one-pot recipes served in bowls. High-sided Tupperware containers work best.

On the Trail | In Camp | Key Gear

KEY GEAR
Windshell For windy–but relatively dry–conditions, get a breathable windshell that won't cause overheating (like Marmot's Tempo; $90, marmot.com).


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Mike Lee
Feb 13, 2010

Isn't Leave No Trace but works well! Also use fist size and larger rocks, deadfall and trail partners=)
























MIke Lee,
Feb 13, 2010

Honora
Oct 23, 2009

For flexibility if no bungee cord available you can tie your guy ropes to small plants. Their roots are strong enough to withstand the pull. Wrap the rope completely around the entire plant e.g. tussock, then tie it.

Honora
Oct 23, 2009

For flexibility if no bungee cord available you can tie your guy ropes to small plants. Their roots are strong enough to withstand the pull. Wrap the rope completely around the entire plant e.g. tussock, then tie it.

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