Managed through carelessness to lose years of posts so it will soon be time to start over. Plus, happily, I've been diverted by a travelling life.

No prizes for guessing what will be top of the 2019 New Year Resolutions!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Pitching up

Just because a tent comes supplied with certain guylines, runners and pegs doesn’t mean that they are ideal. As a matter of course, I like to consider how pitching, adjusting and packing away can be made easier. For years, changing guylines for reflective versions plus adding Line Lok runners and hi-visibility ribbons to avoid them during the day has been the norm. I’m now a fan of Delta Ground Anchors (www.deltagroundanchors.co.uk)and have discovered the versatility of Clingons. Delta’s pegs combine a tough hard wearing nylon composite material with a clever design that has held firm in horrendous winds on coastal and mountain valley pitches. As well as a couple on my tent’s main guylines, four are now used to secure the huge tarp that offers us plenty of shelter and open air on site. That tarp will never break free again! Unless, of course, it rips free but then I’ll use a handy Clingon re-usable instant eyelet (www.clingons.co.uk).