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Recommendations from sleeping countless nights in the woods and years of hiking trails. So grab a tent and go camping!
The Minipeak is a great tent for backpacking, bike touring, camping and travel. It is pyramid shaped to gives you maximum footprint to interior sleepable space ratio. This shelter system has two pieces, a double door rainfly and inner tent. Using two doors is nice when camping with a partner, because you do not have to climb over the other person to exit the shelter. Having two parts gives you an option to just use the rainfly when the bugs aren't bad. This saves you a bit of weight and gives you more of a camping under a tarp feel, but not give up the full 360 degree protection of a tent in a storm. This video is an overview of the Minipeak Pyramid Tent!
This portable shelter is designed for bad weather camping. Perfect for hunters, prepper (survival), bike touring and camping. Featuring a winter tested waterproof outer tent, with available stove jack. The port will let a wood stove pipe exit the teepee. This tent has two doors with no-see-um mosquito netting and fits 4 people. Additionally, the Megahorn is modular, so it lets you add a two person inner tent with bathtub floor.
Adding a wood stove to your large teepee or tent can be great in those cold months of the year. For decades hunters have added wood stoves to their large military style canvas tents to keep warm in the winter. Now, with the availability of lightweight materials (titanium and stainless steel), several companies have started manufacturing small lightweight packable stoves for backpacking, hunting or winter camping.
It is often not possible to set up a tent using tent stakes. Using rocks around the campsite is all that you need to do the job. This technique will work with virtually with any (free and non-free standing) tent on the market today. Every backpacker should learn this valuable and possibly life saving skill. Many locations, where the ground is too soft or the ground is too solid, you definitely can't get stakes in. This opens a huge amount of areas (from soft river sand to high alpine granite) to camp and safely pitch a shelter tightly so that it won't budge in high winds and rain. Generally, you need to use 1 long-shaped small rock and 1 large heavy rock to do the job. Let's go over how to set up a tent using rocks.
Tent guylines secure your tent, provide more interior space and reduce condensation. Guylines are made from strong and thin fibers that can handle tugging and pulling. Usually they attach midway up the tent or tarp structure and angle out at 45 degrees to a tent stake on the ground. Adding this cord to your tent is very helpful in the rain, wind and snow.
Tent footprints are sometimes included from the manufacturer and have a matching shape of the tent’s floor. While alternatively, ground cloths are made from insulating material at a fraction of the cost and weight. Tent footprints and ground cloths are used for the same purpose. They both help keep dirt, moisture and sharp objects from entering the floor of the tent. We prefer using ground cloths, because they are fully customizable for your camping needs.
Pairing a bug net with a tent, often is necessary when the mosquitos are bad. Nothing worse than being tortured by little pests while trying to sleep. You will have a much more enjoyable camping trip if you use a mosquito net. However, some tents or tarps do not have a loop to anchor this piece of gear to. There is several hacks that you can do to overcome this issue. Here are the simplest two:
A floorless tent can be a great option. Floorless tents have a greater amount of flexibility and are lightweight. Mountaineers, hunters and backpackers have been using these shelters for years and humankind for centuries. Let us go over some pros and cons of using a floorless teepee or dome tent.
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