259-Setting up a tent for hiking

Show notes

When you first start hiking there are so many things to consider and often our focus is around things like gear selection, food or how to go to the toilet on the trail. While these are all important there are a number of other factors like getting a good nights sleep that come into play.

Factors that impact our sleep quality include staying dry, protection from strong winds, and the site itself. Hikers with a lot of experience know what to look for but between spending your first night in a tent that you have put up yourself and gaining all that experience and there are often a lot of bad nights of sleep that everyone goes through to gain that experience. This podcast episode discusses setting up your tent at the end of the day to help with getting the best sleep you possibly can.

Podcast Overview

  • Podcast and Episode introduction (time index 0:01:34)
    • To get the best from this podcast follow along in our written review for the images and diagrams that will explain what we retaking about
  • Test, Test Test (time index 0:03:45)
    • The first time you set up a new/borrowed tent shouldn’t be on trail
    • The second time you set up a new/borrowed tent shouldn’t be on trail
    • Shakedown hike
  • Choosing a good site (time index 0:08:38)
    • Factors to consider
      • Wild camping
        • Slopes
        • ‘Farming’
        • Protection from the elements
          • Wind
          • Lightening
          • Seclusion
          • Look up look around
            • Widow-makers
        • Platforms/formal camps sites (time index 0:20:02)
        • Wind
  • Keep it tight (time index 0:25:01)
    • A well set up tent makes all the difference
  • Last words (time index 0:27:42)

Close (time index 0:30:19)

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