- Step 1: Select a place for the tent Locate a flat, open area that is away from stands of trees. Clear any rocks, sticks, and other sharp objects from the ground.
- Step 2: Stake down the tent Stake down the four corners of the tent. Pull the tent tight as you hammer in each stake at a 45-degree angle.
- Step 3: Put up the tent poles Assemble the tent’s support poles and erect the tent. In traditional A-frame tents, separate poles are placed at the front and back of the tent.
- TIP: In modified A-frame designs, two poles at each end of the tent form a triangle with the ground. The two poles support a central ridge pole that extends the length of the tent.
- Step 4: Secure the guy ropes Secure the tent’s guy ropes to ground stakes. Make the guy ropes taut to support the tent.
- Step 5: Attach a tent fly Place a rainproof tent fly over the tent so that the corners line up with the ends of the tent. Secure the fly to the ground with stakes.
- FACT: The eastern tent caterpillar has been observed in the United States since 1646.
You Will Need
- An a-frame tent
- A hammer or mallet
- Tent stakes
- Tent poles
- Guy ropes
- A tent fly