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How To: Pitch a Tent Anywhere, Anyhow

Pitching a tent is almost always about versatility. Instead of tying guys and auxiliary stake-out loops permanently to your tent, using convertible guylines and rock out loops. Here's how:

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For the stake-out points, tie up a series of loops using 30 to 36 inches of cord for each loop. (AA battery shown for scale.)

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Pre-tie your guylines using a simple overhand knot on the tent end of the guy.

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Loop these pre-tied cords through the stake-out and guy-out points of your tent.

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Loop these pre-tied cords through the stake-out and guy-out points of your tent.

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On difficult staking ground they can be used to let you vary staking points, or loop heavy rocks for anchors.

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If only smaller rocks are available, you can combine multiple rocks for more security against wind.

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The guylines can be stripped for lighter weight, or combined together to reach more distant anchors.

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The guylines can be stripped for lighter weight, or combined together to reach more distant anchors.

Photos by Jennifer Howe / howephoto.us

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