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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


Pick Your Conditions
RAIN
COLD
HEAT

Cook Safely in Your Vestibule
Officially, no one cooks in a vestibule. Unofficially, veterans of windy, cold, and wet conditions all do it. But get vestibule cooking wrong, and you're at risk for serious burns, a melted tent, or carbon-monoxide poisoning. Here's how Andy Tyson, an 18-year guide in Antarctica, Patagonia, and Alaska, does it.

1) Make sure your vestibule faces downwind, so carbon monoxide blows away from–not through–your tent.

2) Organize all ingredients and supplies before cooking to eliminate the need to reach over the stove for anything. Alert your tentmates when you're about to start, so no one has to climb through the vestibule for a bathroom break while you're cooking.

3) Stabilize your stove on a sturdy, flat rock.

4) If you're using a liquid-fuel stove, be extremely careful not to let flames jump too high when priming (or prime it just outside the vestibule). Unzip the fly's door, and have a pot lid ready to shield the tent from flare-ups. Keep a water bottle close at hand to extinguish any unruly flames.

5) Unzip the vestibule's doors as much as conditions allow (even a few inches can help) to avoid carbon monoxide build-up. The longer the stove runs, the more important this becomes. Never cook inside the tent itself, no matter how nasty it is outside.

Sleep Easy
Orient your tent's narrow end into the wind so that gusts blow over, not into, your sleeping space. Stake out all guylines to keep the tent from bending or flapping. Soil too loose for stakes? Tie the guylines around hot-dog-shaped rocks. Pile bigger rocks on top to hold guylines in place.



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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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