Actually, this happened to my youngest brother when we went camping one weekend. We pack a lot of gear in. That weekend we were going to spit-roast a turkey and make the traditional dinner with all the fixings. I guess in the general rush he just forgot to add his tent to the pile.
Before I even had a chance to get upset for him, he shrugged and smiled and set to work. Within a half hour he had a tent set up; made out of rope, a couple of tent pegs, and a tarp, it was about as simple as you could get, but he was very satisfied with it.
I not only learned what to do if I ever forgot my tent, I learned the kind of attitude that makes or breaks a camping trip.
So for all of you campers out there, here is what To do:
and lay a tarp over it as if you were
hanging it out to dry.
This will be the floor of your tent.
the grommets meet up. Stake the
matching grommets at both ends.
end to end, and make a loop made at each
end. Stake out both ends and pull
the other side of the tent straight.
They need to be a bit taller than the
peak of the tent, and each needs to be
forked at one end. A machete trims it
Step Six: Place a forked stick at each
This fixes the sag in the middle.
Put a forked stick at the other end:
A forked stick is handy because you can hook the end of the tent rope around it. You can also loop the string or rope around the one tied to the tree. This gives you the opportunity to adjust either one without having to tie and untie everything.
Here is the completed tent without the flaps, which he made with two garbage bags opened up. I filled up my camera’s memory so I couldn’t get a last picture for you with those garbage bags–sorry about that.
He used a little duct tape to keep the garbage bag end flaps in place, leaving one side free on one end to get in and out of. And that was his tent for the weekend. He was quite comfortable–his sleeping bag and air mattress fit just perfectly–and he even had enough room for his tote. It turned out to be one of the nicest weekends all of us ever spent camping, and I will forever be grateful for the lesson in attitude.