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 🙂
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
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 …
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
- 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.
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.
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:
- Tamp the entire tent area
- Tamp the snow to the location required to plant the stake
- Provide a water bottle filled with cold water
- Plant the stake previously attached to the tensioner
- Cover with snow so that the stake is invisible
- Pour a little water over the stake: the water hardens in a few minutes.
- When removing your tent, dig the snow until you see the cord and the stake, gently pull it out.