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Tips for camping in rain

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https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/travel/out-and-about/camping-in-wind-and-rain

I read this and it inspired me to think of some other tips

1. Always choose a pitch which is on higher ground (I pitched a tent once on Vancouver island by the beach on a pallet which was there for tent pitching)

2. Look for places where the wind is blocked by trees or by the undulations of the land

3. always take your mp3 player with you for music, or in the worst conditions try hypnotherapy
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"And you can also get a fair indication of the weather just by taking a deep breath. If the air is very pungent, either with sweet smelling flowers, or with compost like odours as plants release their waste, then wet weather may be on the way. When the air contains more moisture, scents are stronger. Another good tip is to watch the wildlife. Many people say that cows lie down before a thunderstorm. They also tend to huddle together before bad weather. You will also notice fewer seagulls in the sky at the coast if a storm is on the way"

Quality tips from the Met Office. Right up there with "if your face is wet it might be raining"....................
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When on a ski holiday, gain altitude!
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It doesn’t say anything about not pitching under a tree. I think the best tip would probably be if you don’t know how to camp in the rain, find a B&B Laughing

I remember camping in Borrowdale once. We pitched our group of tents at the top of a sloping field with a stream at the bottom. Another group pitched theirs on the flatter ground at the bottom of the slope. When the rain came like it does in the Lake District, we remained relatively dry while the swamp dwellers fished their soggy tents out of the flood plain Shocked Laughing
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I still have my 29 year old Terra Nova ultra quasar tent. It has a porch at each end, and you can retract the inner tent away from the porch. So in wet weather I've enlarged one porch, opened the top vent and cooked in dry conditions inside it with no problems. Be aware of carbon monoxide and fire risks if you do this.
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As a veteran of the Dragon rally in Wales (motorcycles, February) Gortex bivi bag and a low profile tent and expect to be damp . Very Happy
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Book into a hotel.
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Dig a gutter around your tent, right under the flysheet, that slopes down to the lowest corner with an opening to drain the water away.
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Got caught in a microburst several years ago. It came across the lake as a white wall. When it hit a few minutes later it was unbelievable. Even with a very good quality tent equipped with a proper fly, the rain was hitting so hard that it was raining in the tent. Ever since, I have used a highly tensioned rope fastened between two trees as a ridge and then draped a good quality tarp over the ridge as a roof over the tent. Lots of set up effort, so not really feasible for one night, but if you are staying for a few days, it works very well.
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