Backpacking, Gear, hiking, PCT

Tent Update

I was going to wait until a sunny day to set up the new tent again, but my weather app changed yesterday and now it tells me it will rain tomorrow night through Wednesday and I don’t want to set the tent up on wet ground, so I’m setting it up today. I have watched some other setup and break down videos, and I will try tweaking the setup so it doesn’t sag in the middle and is taut all the way around. I watched this video:

In Bigfoot’s video, he shows a different way to pitch the Duplex than the other videos I’ve watched, so I think I’ll try his way as well.

Then I saw this video:

The man in this video attaches hook-and-loop (Velcro) squares to the doors of his Duplex tent to make the doors easier to open and close instead of using the toggle, (which is hard to open from the inside), and I am going to try the same thing. If nature calls during the night, a person would want to be able to get out of the tent quickly! The Velcro could also keep the doors closed better in inclement weather. I don’t know if I’ll try using the Velcro to attach the doors at the top when they’re rolled up, or if I’ll use magnets. I’ll attach Velcro to close both doors because you never know which way you’ll need to set up the tent (there is an overlap at the top of the doors that you face into the wind), and which side you’ll have to get out of.

<Imagine Jeopardy waiting song playing while I set up the tent.>

Okay, here is today’s setup. I had to use my mallet to get the stakes in the ground, as the ground is very hard (and full of dandelions). I did face the door overlap into the wind. You can also tell which end to face into the wind by the tags on the bottom corners. They are only on one end of the tent.

Today’s pitch. I did get the stakes on these corners a bit uneven, but overall a massive improvement.

You can see how much nicer it looks than my last try.

Last time <sad face>

Of course, the yard has been mowed since the last time as well!

In the ZPacks video and other videos I’ve seen, they instruct you to stake out all four corners of the tent and then add the trekking poles and stake those out, staking out the middle guylines last. In Bigfoot’s video above, he stakes out one side of the tent, stakes out the opposite trekking pole, stakes out the other trekking pole, and then stakes out the opposite side of the tent (if that makes sense). So it’s front two stakes, back trekking pole, front trekking pole, back two stakes. Then he stakes out the middle guylines. This is the method I tried today. I’m not sure if it worked better or not, since there were still a lot of adjustments needed. Obviously I am much happier with this pitch and am happy that I’m learning better how to get everything adjusted. This is why you should always practice setting up your tent before going out in the backcountry!

There are these little elastic cords with a toggle on them that you can adjust at each end of the tent on the inside. I’m not exactly sure what to do with them yet, but once I have me and all my things in the tent I’m sure I will figure it out. Without anything in the tent, it sits a lot differently than it would when full of hiking gear.

Inside Adjuster

Below, you can see the Velcro squares I added. I put three on each door. Now I have to let them sit for awhile for the adhesive to bond properly. I forgot to bevel the corners like the man did in the video 😒 but hopefully it will be OK.

The Velcro squares.

I used this Velcro I got at Michael’s. It is specifically for fabrics so it seemed like the best one to use, since Dyneema is a fabric, albeit an unusual one.

Sticky Back Velcro for Fabrics

What do you think? Do you have any tips for me for setting up the ZPacks Duplex tent? Please comment below!