Well, it was drizzle.
One of the things that’s been knocking about in my head is how do I set up, take down and pack the tent when it’s raining or if the tent is wet. Obviously I want to minimise the amount of water that gets into the inside of the tent.
So it was raining during a recent weekend (again, been a warm, not hot, moist summer here) and I thought I’d have a go.
Most YouTube videos on the topic have tents where the poles and fly can be set up before the inside goes up. This is excellent as then you can put that up, then put up the inside and attach them. This won’t work in my tent as the poles fit into the inner tent, then the fly is thrown over the top.
Basically I figure this,
Lay out the inner tent. Lay out the fly over the top. Connect the fly to the inner (it has a set of plastic clips for this). Then unfold the poles and push them through. Finally push up the tent. Peg it out and run the guy ropes.
The inner tent is going to get wet. Depending on the rain, it may get very wet.
In my experiment, the rain had died to a misty drizzle by the time I got started. The process kinda worked.
Packing it down was a bit simpler. Take out the pegs and ropes. Pull out and fold the poles. The tent with the fly on top is now resting on the ground.
Fold up the fly. Fold up the tent. Pack these away. They will likely get wet at this point.
Probably, if its only wet from dew, the fly could happily find an waterproof bag to go in. Something to look into. This would also work if it had been rained on.