Campsite Setup

Campsite Setup

you good morning I'm Fraser Douglas the avid tent camper when Ava and I go camping we usually set up a kitchen canopy along with our 10 our canopy stands about eight feet high and provides a covered area for cooking eating dressing reading playing games and relaxing on hot sunny days and rainy days in addition to blocking the Sun and the rain our canopy helps to block the wind provides a small amount of warmth on cool evenings protects our equipment from dew fall and protects our food from leaves and other falling debris the only times we may not deploy our canopy is during short one or two night camps in good weather after arriving at our campsite we must decide where to pitch our tent and where to set up our canopy ideally we have found a large level and shady campsite with an elevated tent pad or crushed stone surface and ideally the fire ring is located near the front corner of the campsite and the table can be moved any position we want first we must determine the best place to pitch our tent if an elevated tent pad is available we pitch it there if a tent pad is not provided we try to position the tent on high ground as far back into the campsite as possible and as far away from the farm ring as possible then we determine the best place to set up our canopy in most campgrounds we try to set it up directly in front of our tent about two or three feet away and bear country we must set it up several yards away from the ten after determining the best position for our canopy we must determine the best side of the canopy for adding the lean-to side wall when our tent and other obstacles do not interfere we try to place the side wall on the west edge of the canopy to block the wind and provide afternoon shade now let me describe the materials that you'll need to make this kitchen canopy first you'll need 2 8 by 10 polyethylene tarps that can be purchased in department or hardware stores for about $10 each one tart will serve as the top and the other will serve as the sidewall of the canopy a few years ago we thought about using larger 10 by 12 tarps but decided that the 8 by 10 tarps provided plenty of room and packed into a smaller space you'll need 3 8 foot poles and one 6 foot pole now these poles can be made from saplings if you have access to private property or they can be made from 2×2 wood stock that can be purchased in home-improvement stores or you can buy stainless steel poles for about $10 each or aluminum poles we use Eureka nesting backpacking poles because they can be packed into a small space but they cost almost $30 each you'll need 8 10-foot die lines made from 3 millimeter utility cord or for 50p record these guidelines should have leverage loops and taut-line hitch –is at the top end and overhand loops at the distal end you'll also need 2 5 foot guidelines made from 3 millimeter utility cord or 450 paracord plus two carabiners these guidelines should have taught line hitches at the top end and overhand loops at the distal end and they will be used to secure the bottom edge of the sidewall you'll also need 10 guideline Stakes we prefer these 10 inch nail stakes that are sold in department stores with plastic tips on the top you'll also need a baton or mallet to drive in the tarp stakes now let me explain how we set up this campsite and kitchen canopy and the lake peloton campground in the pixton National Forest near Asheville North Carolina the first step and setting up our tarp is to lay our top tarp out on the ground in the position that we want it now we've already set up our 10 but we have not staked it down yet and so after we get our tarp setup we're going to move the tent so that it is right close to that far edge right there now this campsite has a concrete picnic table that we cannot move and so we have to work around it and so we're going to put the back wall of the tarp along the edge right there where you see the blue seiyya sidewall tarp and you'll see that when we get it stretched out we're going to be pretty close to the fire ring where we will be cooking a few meals on this trip well we've got our stakes in the ground and our guidelines attached to the stakes on the open edge our guide lines are going to be parallel with each of the two corner edges so there's one edge and if you just come straight down there is a stake for it here's the second edge if you come across there's the stake for it now we do that for both of the open corners which will be those two corners right there and then for the two wall corners we actually place the stakes side by side a little bit on each side of the pole so the two guidelines are going to be pulling that edge out away from the center when we hook up the back wall it will pull the tarp in that direction okay we're ready to pick the tarp up to help me apron is going to stand at that edge that's the edge where we'll be attaching the wall and she's going to be holding that edge while I put the two poles in these two front corners once I get those poles in the front corners then I'm going to come back and put the poles in the back corner back two corners here's how we set up each corner first of all we insert the pole tip through the tarp grommet and then we put the one loop from the leverage loop of each guide line over the top of the pole tip when we need to adjust the tension of the guide line you'll see that we just slide down and there is a taut line hitch right there and we can slide that up or down in order to make the guide line tighter or looser and you'll notice there is the taut line hitch over on that guide line also those to fight ropes at the top are my leverage loops for these two guidelines well we've got the tarp in the basic position notice this corner that's close to me is the low corner and the back corner there is 8/5 high and those two corners right foot high and now we're going to attach the back wall to those two corners right there and once we do that we're going to adjust everything and make it tight well we've got our tarp set up and we've got our tent in position you see we got our back wall pulled out and now we're going to set up our cooking area under that back wall and then we got to put the rain fly on the tent and stake the tent down and then we can start setting up our sleeping quarters we use the carabiner and taut-line hitch to secure the bottom corners of the back wall well there can't be a setup now we've got our tent set up it's kind of a warm day so we've got the sides rolled up we've got a little table where we can eat or play games here we've got our tarp setup there's our kitchen area a of a sitting over there picnic table so now we're ready to relax and cook a nice meal you can find many more useful suggestions for comfortable tent camping in my book basic tent camping on my website and on my Facebook page modern tent camping remember take more trips travel further visit more attractions and save money no tent camping you you

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  1. My only input for camping, I was having trouble with lace up boots, especially when I had a swag, it would take ages to get out of a swag and lace up boots, I could have just got slip on boots but I decided to go steel cap gumboots. Never looked back since, great for all round weather, can hike in them, after you have walked them in of course, but perfect for tall shrub, mud, water crossings and wet weather camping. Just found your channel and subscribed 😎

  2. Frazier, I'm curious why you just didn't use one (1) 8 X 20 tarp? This way there would be no breaks in the seam stopping rain from coming in. Also, by using heavier schedule PVC pipe, you could make it so the poles would break down and still have a bolt on the end for the taught line.

  3. I live in the northwest corner of Oregon sometimes high wind & rain blowing sideways not sure this setup would work for me but great video thanks…..( no punctuation sorry)

  4. GREAT video, Mr. Douglass! The exact video I've been searching for for many nights!! Thank you!

  5. The canopy setup has proven to be useful in our camp setup. Thanks. Question … re the "nail" stakes, what tool have you found most effective to pull the stakes from ground?

  6. Can you make a video showing how to tie the paracord using the loops and knots your are using in the video. Keep up the great work. Thank you

  7. I really like your canopy. Having something that you can hide from the sun while camping is a must. That's coming from someone who doesn't have a canopy!!! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Nice set up… car camping is one of my favorite family and friends activitie… Check out my YouTube channel for "My camp set up"

  9. nice setup liked from me.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I like what you did with your Channel YOU have my subscription would like to have your support as well. thanks again for sharing 👍

  10. Great video my ftiend. Do you use solar power for camping ? If you do can you do a video on solar and lighting for camping.

  11. great camp set up but far too close to the communal toilets,where the campground neighbors are all walking through your camp.

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