02 October, 2020

Nature's Call

Planning a trek? Here's a camper's guide to summer-tent-living

Nature's Call
Swati Apte can count exactly how many items separate her from a Neanderthal caveman after her camping trip in Sattal, Uttaranchal, last month, where she carried her home on her shoulders. Summing up everything from her sleeping bag to tea bags—it was over 90 items sitting squat on her back. All of which were chosen from the gizmos and gear crowding the camping bazaar. Like Swati, if you too are planning to dwell outdoors, here’s a basic buyers’ and users’ guide to summer-tent-living.

Tarps: A tarpaulin, a length of good rope and pine-needle mattresses make for cheap wrap-’n-roll shelter that won’t gobble up your wallet. But if you want to surprise the sunbirds with spiffy-synthetic-domicile, your choices are backpacker tents (heavy but cheap), wind- and cold-resistant tents (pricey, light and cosy), family-size (one snorer disturbs all) and pop tents (instant housing for the lazy).

Backpacks: Forget about the internal vs external frame argument. What matters is how your kit sits on your spine after it’s loaded. Also, how well it is balanced....



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