[SCA-AE] rain at pensic
Orilee.Ireland-delfs at xerox.com
Mon Jul 31 08:31:38 EDT 2006
Make sure your tent is as waterproof as possible. I have no idea how to
waterproof a modern tent and have yet to see a modern tent (with the
exception of the "carport" type structures) that is truly waterproof,
but I could be wrong : )
Have waterproof storage in your tent to put items that you truly do not
want to get wet into on a regular basis and definitely when it is going
to rain. This includes any paper work, books, musical instruments etc.
Rubbermaid tubs (or similar brand) with tight fitting lids work very
nicely and can be used for general storage as well (throw a piece of
decorative fabric over it to hide it if desired). Also keep a complete
change of clothes, a towel, and a change of footwear if possible in the
waterproof storage (we used to suggest keeping this in your car, but in
reality, you will need it more immediately in camp then hiking up to
find your car). As long as it is in waterproof storage in your tent,
you should be okay. I also found a supply of tarps or even just plastic
tablecloths that could be put over the bed to keep any drips off the
bedding helped (anything can be dealt with except a wet bed!)
Make sure your bed is off the ground - whatever form your bed takes.
Even a set of wooden pallets underneath your mattress will get you off
the ground in case water gets in the tent. Higher is better but the
dimension of your tent will dictate what you can do.
If you are in a period pavilion, leave some uncovered ground around the
edge of the walls, and don't put the poles on top of a tarp. Water can
run in down the walls or down the poles and if there is no place for it
to go, it will pool and puddle and make a mess. Let the ground work for
In addition, if you are in a period pavilion, make sure you properly
stake it down. For example, for a marquis like Panther makes, stake the
walls as well as the ropes. The walls, properly staked, will hold the
roof in place in the event of high winds. In close to 10 years camping
in our 16x18 marquis, only once did we ever have a problem and that was
when the ground was too soft to hold the stakes properly and the wind
pulled an entire wall in (we double staked everything that year and had
no more problems).
>From: sca-aethelmearc-bounces at lists.andrew.cmu.edu
>[mailto:sca-aethelmearc-bounces at lists.andrew.cmu.edu] On
>Behalf Of Donna MacTavish
>Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 8:08 AM
>To: discussion at aethelmearc.org
>Subject: [SCA-AE] rain at pensic
>This is only my second pensic. I m looking for any suggestions
>on how to prepare for a rainy pensic. Is there anything i
>should bring extra that I might need to be prepared for bad
>weather if we get it?
> I know there was a very wet pensic a few years back. was
>there anything extra you did or wish you brought?
> thanks Donna
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