Picture this: It's your long awaited vacation. You've arrived at a beautiful campsite. You go to set up your tent only to discover that you've forgotten the tent poles at home! Don't panic, all is not lost! Here's one way to tap into your inner MacGyver and pitch the tent without poles.
(I may or may not have found this out the hard way... : )
The first thing to do is look around your campsite and see what you have to work with as far as support trees.
An overhanging tree like the one Mark and I found (pictured above) works great and will go with the 'One Point Pitch' instructions in Step #1.
If there's nothing with a good strong overhang to tie onto, the alternative is to find two trees to string a rope between and that rope will become your 'overhang'. (NOTE: the trees must be wide enough apart to fit your tent in between) If this is the case, you will follow the 'Two Point Pitch' instructions in Step #2.
Now that you have assessed your structural surroundings, you'll need to find the following items either in your pack or car (lucky duck!) or at a local camp supply or hardware store:
- 80 feet of rope (for the 'One Point Pitch') or 100 feet of rope (for the 'Two Point Pitch')
- 8 tent stakes or long metal nails/spikes (at least 6" long)
- a pocket knife (if you don't already have one)
* You will also want to find a nice big rock to use as a hammer for the stakes.