Sleeping in the Wild

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sleeping in the wild

Blog provided by 3f UL Gear apologies for any Chinglish and poor translation. We will aim to redo this in our own words in the future. 

Many people asked me whether seam-seal the Lanshan tent with silicone glue is a must. My answer is that it depends on the situation. If you buy a non-PRO version, you don’t need to apply glue, because it has been taped in the factory and has the high-performance waterproof ability. If you buy the PRO version which is made by 2 side silicone coated Nylon, Congratulations, you will get a new skill!

This method works for any silicone ultralight tent. Not limited to Lanshan tent.

You can find something like a syringe in the package go from the Lanshan Pro, which is the best gluing tool for ordinary people we can find. Although it does not necessarily have the simplest operation, but the result must be the nicest looking.

 

This is a reliable glue. Although it doesn’t dry fast, it’s easy to buy. If you have a better choice, please tell us and we will recommend it to other hikers.

 

In this official instruction of glue, the way they apply glue is to use a small brush to smear the seam, which is also done by most people, but we do not recommend this method because it is very difficult to operate, in the end your beautiful tent will become like this:

believe it will ruin your good mood all day and curse our tent.

 

Our suggestion is to use the syringe we sent with the tent. The specific operation method is shown in the video below:

 

Sorry its chinese! but you will get the drift. English Version just below.

 

 

In English

First of all, you should set up the tent in your backyard. It must be full pitched and tighten.

After that, squeeze the glue into the syringe. According to experience, if your handicraft is good, half a tube of glue is enough. We don’t recommend applying a lot of glue, because it will increase the tent weight.

Before sealing, firstly is to make sure where need sealing. The positions that must be sealing marked with red, the optional sealing area marked with yellow, and the area that no need seam sealing showing as black. We do not recommend seal all seams, because that will increase the weight.

The operation can be carried out from top to bottom. Hold the syringe in one hand, the other hand hold waist for stability. Apply the glue evenly along the seam. In the black UHMWPE patch area, apply it with your fingers after coating to form a thin layer of glue. Remember wipe your finger with papers after that.

If you are a DIYer, it not a big thing! If not, this DIY experience will open up a new world for you.

 

After all seams are sealed, don’t hurry to package the tent. According to the performance of different glue, you need to let it dry for 1-12 hours.

 

In conclusion, If you feel that you are not good at DIY or a perfectionist, you can choose to seal only the red area, so that Lanshan Pro can also withstand in the storm.

 

Finally, if you have a better seam sealing method, please tell us to benefit more people.

How you decide to sleep and the gear you decide to carry is completely up to you. Now just because you are not under a hand-woven canvas with ropes made from things you found on your trail doesn’t mean that you are not doing bushcraft. Many people prefer to sleep in a tent. That said one of the most popular methods of bushcraft camping is sleeping under a tarp – This can include using hammock or sleeping on the ground – a tarp is a great option for a shelter that covers a large amount of ground when compared to the space that it takes up in your pack.

Tarps are a great shelter option when it comes to sleeping in a woodland environment. With some knowledge of a few basic knots and an abundance of trees to tie off to you can be very easy to pitch. Tarps are also very inexpensive. You could use a basic tarp from a builders merchant – it might not be cool and camouflage like some of the higher-end tarps on the market but this could provide a very cost-effective option for someone looking to get into bushcraft camping. With a tarp and some guidelines in your pack you have everything you might need to set up a basic shelter in the woods – you don’t even have to carry tent pegs. These might be useful if you want to make some different kinds of shelters but are not a necessity)

The next thing you are going to need is going to be a decent sleeping bag (rated for the kind of environment you are going to be sleeping in). Some people will prefer to use a woollen blanket (a more traditional bushcraft style), however, if you are just starting out and getting used to sleeping out under a tap a sleeping bag is the best option. You can invest in a good bad that will pack down small and will be very lightweight – Down sleeping bags are good for these reasons. If you are going to be sleeping in the warmer months then you might look at something like an ex-army summer weight bag. These can be picked up from a local surplus store for very little money and compress down very small in your pack.

If you have decided not to use a hammock you will need to make sure you insulate yourself from the ground – This will not only keep you warm and prevent heat loss but this will also increase the comfort of your new bed in the wilderness. There are a number of options for this such as a sleeping pad or foam roll matt. You might want to take into consideration the weight and size of the solution you have chosen as you will, of course, need to fit this on or in your pack. You should also think about using a bivvi bag. This is basically a windproof and waterproof bag that your sleeping bag goes inside. This will keep your sleeping bag dry (from both rain and morning/evening dew) and also warm by trapping air inside and around the internal sleeping bag. Another benefit of a Bivvi Bag is that it will also protect your sleeping bag from dirty that will (over time) degrade its performance.

Your end goal might be to sleep out using very little and making improvised shelters. Our advice would be to initially stary by sleeping out for one or two nights with your tarp and then progress to using just a sleeping bag, bivvi and sleeping matt. As you gain more confidence and your skills increase you will then be able to create weatherproof thatchings, self-feeding fires and raised beds – Once you have the skills your imagination is the limit!

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