Staking Down Your Tent
Using the right stake for the terrain
Today's popular tents can be typified by dome-shaped, free-standing designs and made out of high-tech, synthetic materials. With an adequate rain-fly and appropriate tarp protection, these tents can withstand just about anything that Mother Nature can throw at them.
about anything that is,
To understand the adverse effects that wind can play on a tent, one need only look at a tent from an aerodynamic perspective. The consequence of wind blowing across the dome shape of a tent is not unlike that of air passing over the curved wing of an airplane, namely lift. And this lift is the main reason why you need to stake your tent, for without the stakes your tent could quickly become a kite in the lightest of winds and destroy itself as it tumbles through the woods or across the sand dunes.
Of course, another reason to stake your tent might be that you didn't find a level campsite, and you toss and turn in your sleep, and you know that if you don't stake your tent you'll wake up in the morning and find yourself and your tent in the next campsite, or worse yet, in the creek or lake.
choosing a campsite, a primary consideration should be to find one
that has relatively high, level ground for setting up your tent. Such
a campsite will help to keep you drier, should it rain, and fixed in
place, should you toss in your sleep. Another consideration,
particularly if you are camping in a windy locale, is to find a
campsite where you can use stakes.
stakes are made to work in different types of earth.
some stakes work in some terrains sometimes
are some terrains in which no stake works
The next time you're camping, observe the methods of others. Whose tent stays put in the wind? Whose stays dry in the rain? Then follow the successful techniques of your fellow camper's.
use the plastic ABS pegs.
large plastic tent stakes are ideal for family camping
are lightweight, tough and the cheapest to purchase and work well.
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