Tips & tricks
One of the best things about being tent makers is that we have to use our product, constantly! As a result, we have learned a few things about ways of making backcountry travel and living just a bit easier. We hope these tips will make your next trip(s) just a little better.
General tent pitching tips:
A Hilleberg tunnel tent is at its best when it is pitched properly. Its roof-line should be stretched tight, as in the photo, with no sagging and minimal wrinkles. This imparts the optimal structure – and the maximum space inside – to your tent. The key is pegging one end and then pulling out and pegging the other end, and then making the tent taut by adjusting the peg loops – see below.
The short pole sleeve and clip system in our dome tents is designed to keep the tent at its optimum tautness. After seating the pole ends into the appropriate short pole sleeves, push down gently on the pole while pulling up firmly on the clip you are affixing to the pole. This makes it easy to seat all the clips quickly. note: Do not push down too forcefully on the poles or you may bend or break them.
Getting the best from the pole tensioners
Before pitching your tunnel tent, loosen the pole tensioners completely. This makes it easier to seat the pole end into the plastic cup. Once the pole end is seated, tighten the strap (top image), so that the bottom of the plastic pole cup is level with the bottom of the outer tent and the back of the pole cup is tight against the tent wall (lower image). This will give optimal tension to the poles and create the optimal headroom, as well.
The adjustable peg loops
Loosen the peg attachment loops on your tent fully before pitching. Tightening the webbing strap adds tension and contributes to providing maximum stability.
Using the guy lines
Even though setting guy lines is not always necessary, it is always a good idea, since mountain weather can change in an instant overnight. That’s why all of our tents have a full set of guy lines attached at spots that will maximize stability.
Alternative peg options
Sometimes you need more “pegs” than you have, and you must improvise. In the winter, skis provide excellent peg capability, as do ski poles, used Deadman-style. Trekking poles, canoe paddles, trees and even large logs or rocks can be used: simply tie one end of a short line to the metal ring on the peg attachment loop of the tent and the other to your “anchor.” If you do this, it is a good ideas to put rocks on top of the line to keep the tent corner down. Watch our inspiration video on how to secure your tent in snowy conditions.
While only necessary (and recommended) for the most extreme conditions, adding another set of poles to a tent does provide a tremendous increase in stability. All of our tents are built to accommodate an extra set of poles: in the tunnel models, you simply slide a second pole into the sleeve. In the dome models, you attach every other clip to each of the two poles.
Extreme wet weather packing option
In very high condensation conditions – super humid days, torrential rains, or the like – if the inside and outside of your outer tent is wet, you can detach the inner from the outer tent and pack it separately. At your next camp spot, pitch the outer first, then climb in and attach the – still dry – inner. note: This is only needed in extreme conditions!