How to choose a place to camp under the tent? Some nights are more pleasant, choosing a place or a location is one of the important conditions for a successful camping!


Here are 37 tricks to remember to succeed at all times his camping under the tent ūüôā
We have classified these tricks according to 7 scenarios:

  • the¬†generalities
  • camping in the¬†mountains
  • camping near a¬†river¬†or¬†lake
  • camping in a¬†desert
  • camping when there has¬†the wind
  • camping when¬†it rains
  • camping on¬†snow

Between the plateau du Sire and the Croix du Nivolet, Massif des Bauges, July 2014. Photo: Sébastien Chanvillard, with a Canon EOS 1100D camera.

General information on the choice of the site in camping

  • Make sure you have¬†the right¬†to set your tent at the designated location.¬†National parks, private property, etc., a¬†regulation¬†exists, it will avoid dismantling his tent to go to sleep elsewhere …
  • Think of possible¬†herds of cattle¬†(cows, sheep, goats, etc.) that can come in the morning and graze in peace.
  • Install your tent in a¬†sheltered¬†place.¬†Avoid¬†bowls where rainwater¬†can build up.
  • Never plant your tent in¬†exposed or dangerous places¬†such as gorges, under large cliffs, in an avalanche, under seracs, near a river fed by a glacier, etc.
  • Attempt to find a location that easily takes the¬†sun: late into the evening and/or early morning.¬†It is always nice to be warmed slowly by the rising sun.
  • Try to find the flattest location, to prevent the inflatable mattress and/or the sleeping bag from slipping.
  • Flatten the location and remove any sharp¬†or¬†sharp objects¬†that could damage the tent floor.¬†To protect the ground from the tent, a plastic tarpaulin or cover can be used.
  • If you are staying in the same place for more than one night, think of installing your tent as much as possible in the shade:¬†UV rays-accelerate the aging of fabrics and coatings.
  • Due to the¬†risk of fire and choking, it is not advisable to cook in the tent.¬†If there is no choice, make sure the air supply is sufficient and install the stove as far as possible from the sides of the tent.
  • Reducing all of its¬†detritus¬†in a¬†valley …

Crop Lake, Belledonne Massif, August 2013. Photo: Cyril Liotard, with a Canon 550D camera.

Camping in the mountains

  • Depending on the season, we will choose a 3 or 4 season tent.¬†Whenever possible, we should take these to choose a site that is¬†safe from any risk¬†(rock falls, avalanches, falls of seracs, a creek of a stream, etc.)
  • In the mountains, let’s not forget that we have to carry all our equipment for hours.¬†It is therefore recommended to choose a¬†very light tent.
  • The¬†weather¬†can be very changeable in the mountains, it is better to have a¬†tent quickly and easy to install.
  • Depending on the terrain being considered, the¬†surface of the tent on the ground¬†will also be watched: it is not always easy to find enough flat surface.
  • Winds and storms¬†can suddenly rise and blow from various directions.¬†In this case, the forms of tent “geodesic” and “tunnel” will be preferred.


Plant your tent near rivers and lakes

Laramon Lake, Massif des Cerces, summer 2013. Photo: François Mochi, with Fujifilm XPro 1.

  • It is often recommended to camping near a¬†watering place for hydration, preparation of the meal, etc.¬†It’s more convenient than walking 30 minutes to the front …
  • Be careful: the proximity of the water can cause abundant¬†condensation¬†in the tent, especially in the morning.¬†Think about the ventilating your tent.
  • In hot weather,¬†mosquitoes¬†can be a veritable calvary if you camp near rivers and lakes.¬†It may be convenient to use mosquito nets to maintain good ventilation.

Sleeping in arid zones (desert)

  • If one sleeps in a tent in the desert or in other dry and mineral regions, there may be a lot¬†of sand and dust, which is particularly¬†damaging to zippers.¬†To repair the recalcitrant zippers, clean them with a toothbrush and a little silicone spray.
  • For¬†optimal¬†ventilation, the tent should be tight.
  • If the wind and the rain are not part, and if it is hot, it is possible to install only the¬†inner tent¬†of some tents.¬†This provides optimum ventilation while being protected from¬†mosquitoes and¬†other¬†insects, even a snake or scorpion.

Climbing in Lebanon.

Camping when there has the wind

  • If strong¬†gusts of wind¬†are expected, it is advisable to choose a¬†geodetic tent,¬†or a¬†tunnel tent, which is particularly resistant to the wind.
  • In general, the tent must be installed with¬†the entrance facing the wind.
    Important, to offer good resistance to the wind, the canvas of the tent must be tight.
  • If possible, install¬†protective walls¬†(stones, embankments, snow, etc.)


Camping when it rains

  • Dig around the tent a¬†furrow 4 to 5 cm deep¬†allowing the water to be stored and to be evacuated by the ground.¬†This will prevent unnecessary runoff in the tent.
  • Make sure that the¬†outside fabric¬†of the tent is¬†watertight¬†(no holes) and check the waterproofness of the¬†seams.
  • A¬†double wall tent¬†has the advantage of better ventilation.¬†It reduces condensation and the inner tent remains dry.
  • Important: The outer tent fabric must be tight¬†when it rains.¬†This avoids contact between the inner tent and the outer tent and ensures good ventilation.

Photo credit: Ferrino.

Camping in the snow

  • Traditional pegs are not suitable for use in snow.¬†It is better to use¬†stakes in the form of a Y or V,¬†which will be placed vertically or horizontally (like a piolet in dead body)
  • Special¬†¬†pickets¬†for snow also exist
  • If it is not needed,¬†a stick, a ski, etc.¬†can also be used¬†in dead bodies.
  • Any¬†material¬†(branch, stone, a small bag filled with snow, etc.) can be used as a¬†dead body.
  • For better insulation, the tent must be fitted with¬†flaps.
    The canvas (including the flaps) must be tight so that the snow does not accumulate on it.
  • One can also dig a¬†thermal ditch in the apse, this makes it possible to imprison the cold air.
  • Do not allow snow to¬†build up¬†on your tent, otherwise the hoops will be deformed.
  • For our bivouac at Plan de la Lai in January 2015, in the Massif du Beaufortain, there was 50cm of powder, so a cold snow and without consistency.¬†Not easy to plant pickets in this case!¬†Here’s¬†the trickwe used:
  1. Tamp the entire tent area
  2. Tamp the snow to the location required to plant the stake
  3. Provide a water bottle filled with cold water
  4. Plant the stake previously attached to the tensioner
  5. Cover with snow so that the stake is invisible
  6. Pour a little water over the stake: the water hardens in a few minutes.
  7. When removing your tent, dig the snow until you see the cord and the stake, gently pull it out.

Hielo Continental, Patagonia, October 2005. Photo: Igor Charon, with a Ricoh Caplio camera.

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