Camping in the rain sounds awful – and it is if you aren’t prepared! Here’s ten tips for surviving rainy camping trips:
1. AVOID IT
I have canceled or rescheduled weekend camping trips if heavy rain or horrendously bad weather is forecast. We aren’t Marines and the safety of the free world does not depend on our withstanding really awful weather. Our high adventure trips are long enough that we usually get a day or two of rain so we are sure to be prepared.
2. BIG TARPS
We have several 10′x16′ tundra tarps made by Cooke’s Custom Sewing (see picture above). Weighing only 3 lbs these provide ample shelter for a patrol of eight. Regardless of the forecast we pack these tarps and they are the first things to go up when we establish camp.
Tundra tarps are exceptionally well-made and worth every penny. I’ve sheltered under them in high winds…
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