Trek Hacks: Using Tents EfficientlyTrek: Annapurna Base Camp
When you are trekking in the mountains, after a long day, you can’t wait to get inside your tent. We throw the trekking pole and try to get inside along with the backpack. There are many such things we do wrong to fit in the trekking world. To make sure that you enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience, you need to learn to use the tent the right way.
To make sure you get the perfect camping experience, we have put together some tips to help you use a tent efficiently. Follow these tips and make the best out of your tents.
Practice Setting Up The Tent
Before you go out on your adventure, make sure that you practice setting up the tent. Not all of us are pro at setting up a camp and you do not want to be in the middle of a forest or high up in snow cover and unable to set up a tent. Try setting up the tent in your backyard or inside the house if there is ample space, to get acquainted with the process. Also, if you have the practice of setting up a tent before heading out in the wilderness, it will speed up the process of setting the camp up.
Waterproof Your Tent
Nature is filled with immense beauty, but at high altitudes, the weather can be very unpredictable. It may be sunny one moment and begin to pour the next and this is something you should be prepared for and this includes waterproofing your tents. Waterproofing a tent is not very difficult. Simply buy a can of silicone sealant and when you set up the tent, spray the sealant from top to bottom to waterproof it.
Getting inside the tent
Before you get inside the tent, first fix the trekking pole or ice axe outside the tent. Don’t carry them inside of the tent as the pointy edges may tear the tent. Now remove your backpack and shoes. Open the outer zip roll it open and then open the inner zips. Next, open the inner zips completely or else the zip will stretch too much and break if you try to force yourself in. Now you are all ready to step inside the tent.
Inside the tent
Keep your bag inside then remove your shoes. Keep the shoes in the area beneath the outside to protect them from snow or rain. Hang your head torch at the hanger above and use the side pocket for mobile or other accessories.
Sleep in the center of the tent next to your tent mate. Place backpacks towards the side as if they are shielding you. This way body heat helps to keep each other warm. Use the sleeping bags efficiently. At night, if you are going to leave the tent, make sure to inform your tent mate or ask them to come along. Our tents are two men’s tents, so they are spacious enough for two people and their big backpacks. While sleeping, make sure to close the tent properly. Close all the zips of the inner and the outer part.
Be Mindful Of The Sun
When pitching the tent, keep the position of the sun in mind. If camping in summer, pitching your tent under direct sunlight can increase the temperature inside your tent even more, and in some cases, it can be downright dangerous. Also, during winters, if you set your camp away from the sun your tent will become 10 degrees cooler. Set up the tent early in the morning, to get an idea of how the sun can hit you throughout the day and thus select your location wisely.
With these tips up your sleeve, your camping experience will be much more comfortable, convenient.