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Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Tent site clearing/cleaning technique? on 09/16/2013 00:03:59 MDT Print View

I don't do a good job of clearing and cleaning under my tent footprint. I try, but always find small rocks (with my back!) after I've pitched. Any techiniques to help clear the tent site?

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Tent site clearing/cleaning technique? on 09/16/2013 00:23:59 MDT Print View

Hammock.

Seriously though, I lay out my groundsheet then kick off my shoes. A quick stroll around the ol' Tyvek usually finds everything. After that, it's nothing my exped can't handle.

Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
a better pad on 09/16/2013 07:38:22 MDT Print View

With our neo-airs, it just isn't a problem. Of course, there are two of us, so twice as many eyes to see little stones etc.

But a couple of times, in the morning, after we've deflated our mattresses, we've been surprised to see rocks that we thought would have disturbed our sleep--but didn't.

Rick Adams
(rickadams100) - M
pad on 09/16/2013 08:06:12 MDT Print View

I usually only move things that might puncture my self inflater or neo. Never had a problem.

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Re: Tent site clearing/cleaning technique? on 09/16/2013 09:27:47 MDT Print View

Lay down in the spot before you set up the tent. You really don't want to clear the spot cause you want it to look the same when you leave. Pick out rocks sticks etc or find another spot

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Tent site clearing/cleaning technique? on 09/16/2013 10:03:48 MDT Print View

I use my telescoping titanium rake to clear the area and then create a Zen meditation garden pattern in the soil outside my tent door

.Telescoping rake

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Tent site clearing/cleaning technique? on 09/16/2013 11:17:37 MDT Print View

yep.. put ground cloth down.. roll around a little bit and find the pointy stuff. This is also a good time to figure out how flat it is and can orient the tent so your head is uphill if it's not perfect.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
ti rake on 09/16/2013 16:52:55 MDT Print View

I would seriously consider carrying a titanium rake! Last camp trip I got myself absolutely filthy with fine red dust, searching for pea-sized pebbles that were jabbing me through the tent floor.

Seriously, I'd not thought to remove my boots and walk the groundcloth in socks. That's the new routine for me. Thanks.

Edited by Bolster on 09/16/2013 16:54:04 MDT.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: ti rake on 09/16/2013 18:29:22 MDT Print View

At night you could hold your headlamp low and to the side. The bumps and rocks would throw long shadows.

If you use 1.9oz ripstop for a ground cloth, gather the ends and hang it from a couple trees, you won't have such issues ;)

Richard May
(richardmay) - M

Locale: Swamplands.
Re: Tent site clearing/cleaning technique? on 09/16/2013 18:37:06 MDT Print View

Not always possible but you can also find a spot that is covered with soft material like fallen leaves or soft soil. The smaller your footprint the easier it is to find a cozy spot.

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Re: Re: Tent site clearing/cleaning technique? on 09/16/2013 22:16:31 MDT Print View

> find a spot that is covered with soft material like fallen leaves or soft soil.

True that. My problem is, I do mostly desert-type camping in So Cal and AZ. Imagine camping on Mars--that's what it's like. Preening the tent site is a long and tedious process.

Edited by Bolster on 09/16/2013 22:17:03 MDT.

Richard May
(richardmay) - M

Locale: Swamplands.
Re: Tent site clearing/cleaning technique? on 09/17/2013 07:14:23 MDT Print View

"I do mostly desert-type camping in So Cal and AZ. Imagine camping on Mars"

Ah, that does change things a bit. I'd say you need a more appropriate padding system for your environment. Maybe an additional, very thin ccf pad under what you are already using? You could experiment with an ├╝ber-cheap yoga mat and if it works upgrade to something light.