If you’re using a tarp or floorless tent, good site selection and a proper pitch are essential.
- An ideal site is slightly higher in the middle than around the perimeter. Avoid setting up in a depression, or water will pool underneath you.
- Never trench around your tent to redirect run-off—the impact will linger for years.
- Take note of wind direction and pitch your shelter so that the strongest, most aerodynamic side faces into the wind.
- Periodically retension guy lines and other stake points. Most ultralight shelters are made from silnylon, which stretches and sags significantly when wet.
- Be watchful for sharp branches near your shelter, especially if wind might cause unexpected contact. Silnylon is easily punctured.
- Adjust the height of your shelter’s perimeter for conditions. More space between the ground and shelter provides better airflow and reduces condensation; less space provides more protection from wind and rain.
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