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Re: Camping on snow?

September 20 2017 at 4:19 PM
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Helen-

What do you need to know?

Here are a few tips:

Think about wind direction and orient the door accordingly.

Take a dish sponge to mop up wet spots side the tent.

Putting a tarp under the tent is a good idea. But make sure it doesn't stick out from under the tent, or water will land on the tarp and be channelled under the tent floor. Instead, fold the tarp back so it ends about an inch shy of the edge of the tent.

In an inch or two of snow, use regular tent stakes.
If there is a lot of snow, regular tent stakes won't work; you need snow anchors. Basically, you want to bury something in the snow, tie the tent lines to it, and when it freezes in place it will hold the tent up. You can buy snow or sand anchors. But for cheap, just fill plastic shopping bags with snow, tie to the handles, and bury them. Caution: they can be hard to get out, and plastic is trash....

If the snow is going to melt, make sure you haven't put your tent in the drain channel- a slight high spot is a good idea. With drainage that goes away from the door (muddy boots in the tent are the worst!)

Anyone else want to jump in?

 
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