Even the best tent is ultimately just a bunch of fabric held in shape by thin metal poles. When hit with gale-force winds or toothy wildlife, it can quickly go from bombproof shelter to expensive tarp.
Thankfully, the tent’s (usually) simple design makes for simple repairs. Provided you have the right equipment, that is.
- Choose the right tent for your campsite. An ultralight shelter might do great in thick woods, but you’ll want something sturdy on a windy mountainside.
- Learn to patch holes with Tenacious Tape™ Repair Tape and Patches. The stuff is good for up to 3″ holes. Seal the edges with aqua seal for a solid fix.
- If you anticipate damage, bring a spare tent pole or a Gear Aid Tent Pole Splint. If you don’t have one, or the tent carnage is too wide-spread, you can easily jimmy-rig a pole splint out of green sapling branches and fiber tape attached over the break.
- If the elastic in your tent poles snaps, rethread it with the MSR Shock Cord Replacement Kit.
- Leaking seams will ruin a good night’s sleep. This tutorial shows how to re-seal those with aqua seal.
Avoid a backcountry gear fail by inspecting items for weakness before a trip. Having the know-how to deal with gear fails in the backcountry will keep you alive when things don’t go as planned. Human ingenuity is a huge asset when combined with a few of the right tools.
Are you familiar with these 3 common gear fails? Do you have another solution? Email us at [email protected] to let us know.