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Imroving a 2 season tent for winter rainy days?
« on: February 06, 2014, 06:35:20 AM »
hi all1 this is a thought experiement (taken from the letest earthquake series in part of Greece)

So...assuming one has only a 2 season tent how could he "convert" it to 4-season.

Obviously adding a tarr above, but how could he aattach it to the tent itself?
What about ventilation flaps?

Open to yuor suggestions if yuo will, greekman

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Re: Imroving a 2 season tent for winter rainy days?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 07:14:17 AM »
   Hopefully, your tent has ventilation openings. Condensation from breathing, perspiration will rapidly condense on the inside of a tent in freezing temps. Body moisture can quickly build up in sleeping bag insulation in freezing weather. A sleeping bag can gain pounds of moisture weight and lose significant insulating value. Pitching a tarp above your tent, without allowing it to touch, would help to shed the weather. If your two season tent is a single wall, without a separate rain fly, I'd suggest getting a different tent. A breathable tent with a fly is probably a minimum. You will be only marginally warmer in a tent than sleeping outside in winter. A good winter tent will mainly protect you from wind and sleet/snow. A two season tent may not have the framework and fabric strength to resist the weight of a snow load.
   Unless you build a "snow cave" (quinzee or "shovel-up"), you actually may be better off pitching a tarp "Baker tent" style with a reflector fire out front and then sleep in a Gor-Tex bivy bag with a winter weight sleeping bag on an insulating pad. Cold can be dangerous; cold and wet is deadly.