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Picture of How to Put up a Dome Tent
I've been camping and backpacking with my family pretty much since I was born and I've put up my fair share of tents over the years.  All tents are different, but one of the most basic and popular designs is the dome tent.  They usually have 2 or 3 poles for the tent and sometimes 1 or 2 for the rain fly.
In this instructable, I will be showing you how to assemble this specific, 2-person, 3 pole dome tent, but the same general idea can be applied to most other dome style tents.
 
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Step 2: Tarp and Unfolding the tent

Picture of Tarp and Unfolding the tent
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Lay out your tarp on the flat piece of ground you have chosen.  It helps if your tarp is near the size of the footprint of your tent, but it's ok if it's a bit smaller or bigger.  The tarp protects the bottom of your tent from getting damaged and also will keep you dry if the ground is damp or if it rains.
Unfold your tent over your tarp and locate the poles, rain fly, and stakes.  For now, set aside everything except the tent and lay that on top of your tarp as flat as you can.  Don't worry about the location of the door or anything, you can arrange it more easily one you have the poles in!