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Nov
12
comment Where in Europe is wilderness meeting the U.S. wilderness definition?
See also the very similar question on travel.SE, Where to find wilderness in Europe?, and if you're interested, my ideas about such crossover questions on meta.SO, Build and strengthen the Stack Exchange community with “crossover questions” between sites
Aug
19
comment Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin
It depends what the OP means by "rash". Some people might describe chafing as a rash, but jock itch is something worse for sure!
Dec
26
comment Dome tents vs popup tents, are there any inherent pros or cons besides price and ease?
I did collect a good few rocks, but maybe they were'nt big enough. I ended up copying the locals who fill discarded plastic bottles with sand, tie the guylines around the top, and bury the bottle in the sand.
Nov
17
comment Outdoor activities in San Francisco when it's misty and raining?
I think it's on topic for both. In theory we know locations better but they know the outdoors better. In reality there's surely more SE users in the USA and possibly in the Bay Area. Let's see how it goes and migrate it if it doesn't work here.
Aug
18
comment Dome tents vs popup tents, are there any inherent pros or cons besides price and ease?
We did have strong wind and rain one night but I didn't the tent pegged in and I wasn't using the guy lines because I was lazy and the weather started great and it's hard to put standard pegs in dry sand at a beach. So yeah the roof came down and lots of water got in! Now it's (almost) properly pegged and tied with guy lines and has stood up to strong wind pretty well though I haven't had the full wind+rain combo again to test it fully.
Aug
17
comment How do I use these “guy line runners” to adjust the tension on my tent's lines?
They seem to be extremely similar to these guy line runners made by Gelert in the UK.
Aug
17
comment How do I use these “guy line runners” to adjust the tension on my tent's lines?
@KateGregory: Maybe you should promote your comment here to a full answer. Rory's answer is great but yours is specific to my non-traditional tensioner device.
Aug
17
comment How do I use these “guy line runners” to adjust the tension on my tent's lines?
@RussellSteen: The tent is a Vango DS 300. Seems to be a British company, but the link is to a newer model with the same name as mine - at least the front door and window area is totally different. And for those interested in your reference, here's the Wikipedia article on taut-line hitch (-:
Aug
16
comment How do I use these “guy line runners” to adjust the tension on my tent's lines?
@Russell: At least now I don't feel so dumb! (-:
Aug
12
comment How do I use these “guy line runners” to adjust the tension on my tent's lines?
I shall report back - thanks! (-:
Aug
12
comment Is it normal for a double skin popup tent to leak in slight rain?
Yes I tried to eliminate sand on the outer walls and it might rain again tonight so I'll let you know how it goes. Now I do have several plastic bottles filled with sand around the inner floor edges instead though.
Aug
12
comment How do I use these “guy line runners” to adjust the tension on my tent's lines?
I think the confusing part for me is that mine are only attached to the guy rope in one place. I didn't figure out how to attach it in the second place ... if that makes any sense. (Photo coming after the storm I promise.)
Aug
12
comment How do I use these “guy line runners” to adjust the tension on my tent's lines?
@Kevin: Yes a lot like that though mine are black plastic and I think they have something like a slot rather than a hole. I would take a photo but because I just used knots and I'm at the beach they're all buried in the sand at the moment and it's too windy to dig one out for a photoshoot (-:
Aug
12
comment Dome tents vs popup tents, are there any inherent pros or cons besides price and ease?
Yep we've also had the elastic string inside our dome tent poles break once in a big storm but it was pretty easy to fix. I don't fancy having to do it with my popup though (-:
Aug
12
comment Dome tents vs popup tents, are there any inherent pros or cons besides price and ease?
Actually the Vango Dart popups, unlike the Quechua popups, do have guy ropes, but they don't have the lower "hoop", only the upper one. Here's a picture of a model similar to mine that I can't include in my question due to copyright reasons.
Aug
12
comment Is it normal for a double skin popup tent to leak in slight rain?
Oh I'm not blocking the ventilation but I did ramble a bit so I guess my question is a bit confusing after all. But thanks for the tip about sealing the seams - I wasn't aware they might not be sealed well enough from the factory.
Aug
8
comment Do I need to worry about feral dogs or even wolves if I camp in random areas while hitchhiking in Georgia (the country)?
@RoryAlsop: This time I didn't have any problems but I had pretty good luck hitchhiking and didn't get caught in any uninhabited spots... well I did later on in Bulgaria and though I saw some large lone dogs that time during daylight none showed up where I was camped that night.