Tent pole for push & pull
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Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Tent pole for push & pull on 04/12/2013 15:52:33 MDT Print View

I was wondering if anyone uses a tent pole to push on the counter-weight of a bear bag hang? If I double my tarp-tent pole (to increase the stiffness) it is about 6 feet, which is fine.

If you tie a line between the ends then you have a 12 foot long pole, which you could pull on one of the bags. You have to keep the tension on the line so the pole does not disassemble.

I probably missed this one, I am sure it has been posted.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Tent pole for push & pull on 04/12/2013 17:44:10 MDT Print View

Often it is difficult to get the pushing pole to be stiff enough to do the job.

A much easier method is the two-cord method, and no pole is involved.

--B.G.--

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Re: Tent pole for push & pull on 04/13/2013 10:39:46 MDT Print View

Bob -- I thought you recommended the counter-balance method since there are no tie offs or dangling lines. I do remember you posting the PCT method shouldn't be used.

Lyan Jordan
(redmonk)

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Tent pole for push & pull on 04/13/2013 10:43:49 MDT Print View

Yes, avoid the PCT method. It upsets the bears so much you *can not* find a single incident of the type of failure Bob is concerned with. All you will find are stories of missing hikers, abandoned camps, and horrible carnage.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Tent pole for push & pull on 04/13/2013 21:44:57 MDT Print View

"I thought you recommended the counter-balance method since there are no tie offs or dangling lines."

That is correct. Many years ago, before bear canisters, we did counter balancing with the two rope method. You don't need any pushing pole. The two rope method requires two ropes, oddly enough. The two food bags counter balance each other on one rope.

--B.G.--

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: Tent pole for push & pull on 04/13/2013 23:39:54 MDT Print View

two-rope method