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Gear / Re: Dying a tent
« Last post by fernman on Today at 17:16:39 »
After being bundled dripping wet into a bin bag in North Wales on Friday morning eight days ago as I write this, my little tent was then hung over my car's open tailgate in the evening on a campsite in Kidderminster, where it was nice and windy.
Following this it was tucked under one of the poles of my big tent where I left it to blow about till Saturday evening, by which time it was undoubtedly dry.
Just to be absolutely sure, though, after I had returned home to NW London I draped it over the washing line for all of Tuesday. Around lunchtime I turned it the other way up. It is now packed away until next spring. 
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Geocache causes bomb scare!
« Last post by gunwharfman on Today at 17:11:30 »
I was once part of a bomb scare, well two in fact! I was in the bus station cafe in Keswick a few years ago early in the morning. I strolled in and put my rucksack down by the door. There was only two other customers, an elderly couple, we nodded to each other. I walked over to the counter and ordered a coffee, scrambled egg and toast and then sat down with my back to the window two table away from my pack. Within 10 mins I had a copper walk in and asked me if the rucksack was mine, they had a phone call from someone worrying it had a bomb inside. I said it was mine and invited the copper to have a look. As I looked respectable and polite he said no, don't worry, we get lots of calls like this. He then left and the elderly man customer looked at me and said "I'm sorry, but I didn't know who owned the rucksack". I sat down but then felt compelled to tell him that he did know who owned the rucksack, it was me! He saw me come in, saw me put it down on the floor and we even nodded a Good Morning greeting to each other! I just had my food and coffee then left. I saw the funny side of the incident a short while later.

A few years before I worked in London and arrived early to work, as did two or three other staff. On the doorstep was a large cardboard box! One staff had already phone the Police (its was at the time of IRA bombs) and a really butch Special Branch man turned up. The staff who phoned said I'm worried it might be a bomb, parcels are never there when I turn up for work. What I remember most was the copper just picked up the box and shook it vigorously! We all jumped back! He opened it and said "as I thought, toilet materials!' How did he know so confidently, it must have been the logo on the side?
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Gear / Re: What to do about my sleeping quilt?
« Last post by gunwharfman on Today at 16:55:20 »
Thanks for all your opinions and views. Until I decide otherwise, I'm going to stick with clothing, but at the same time explore the possibility of getting my quilt restuffed.

I do like the idea of the Tucas Sestral Blanket but I couldn't bring myself to order one unless I was able to physically see it first.
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Scafell Pike routes?
« Last post by archaeoroutes on Today at 16:28:01 »
Up from Eskdale is one of my favourites in the  Lakes.
https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MTUxNzY=
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General Walking Discussion / Re: Geocache causes bomb scare!
« Last post by tonyk on Today at 15:53:44 »
  ..............and bomb disposal blew up a tin of spam.
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Gear / Re: Dying a tent
« Last post by Mel on Today at 15:51:33 »
Luckily I've never had to pack away a wet or damp tent but I'd just rough pitch mine in the drying room at work  :D


If I didn't have that option though I'd hang it over the washing line or attach the guy lines to the rafters in my garage.  Sadly my garden isn't wide enough to pitch it otherwise I'd do that.


Does the material dry differently or preserve better if dried tight or loose?




Definitely dry it loose - open it up if possible to let any inner condensation evaporate, even if it means moving it around so the air can get to different bits.  Unless you like that fusty mold smell of course!


Contrary to what DA says, damp WILL affect modern tent material just as badly as a canvas tent so it's still just as important to get your tent properly dry before packing it away for storage regardless of the material it's made of.



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Gear / Re: Dying a tent
« Last post by Owen on Today at 15:37:46 »
I've been drying my tents by hanging them up in the garage for years with no ill effects.


Can you still actually buy canvas tents, thought they went out along with hob nail boots and house drawn carriages?
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Gear / Re: Dying a tent
« Last post by Dyffryn Ardudwy on Today at 15:05:10 »
In the good old day's when the modern tent was made of canvas, it was vital that you never packed it away slightly damp, as the inevitable condensation build up would destroy the fabric in no time at all.


I can remember many years ago, staying with a friend in West Wales.


A tent he had stored away in a cupboard in his garage, was full of mildew and the brass studs used to fasten the storm flaps had worked their way lose from the tent itself.


The tent was not old, so poor maintenance and storage meant a perfectly good tent was almost next to useless.

Most tents today are made from synthetic materials, so its still important to ensure their as dry as possible before you store them away, but the damp will not effect them as much as canvas.

A tent it an expensive purchase, so however inconvenient it may be to dry it before storage, it will ensure it will last many years.

Try not to force dry it in a hot room, like many walkers ive seen do with their leather boots.

The best solution really is to dry it off outside, when the weather will allow, but if your unlucky to be using it on one of those typical wet holidays',  make sure the fabric is free from dirt, and dry it off as soon as possible.
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Gear / Dying a tent
« Last post by MarkT on Today at 14:53:02 »
How do people dry their tent, especially after packing it up when it's pouring with rain?


I used to erect my tent in the garage and leave it for a few days but recently I had to hang it up in the garage due to lack of space and was wandering if it made any difference? Does the material dry differently or preserve better if dried tight or loose?
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