What do you do if you’re camping, preparing for incoming heavy rain and suddenly
tear discover there’s a hole in the rainfly?
Panic? Pack-up and go home? Wish really hard it hadn’t ripped while you were tightening it over your tent?
When this happened to us in October, 2014 we were on day zero of a camping trip at Cades Cove campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a gorgeous fall day. But the wind was picking up and the weather forecast told us that there was a major storm system incoming. We were planning to spend five nights inside the park. All of them included some rain predictions.
So we set about making camp for a rain storm. REI Kingdom 8 tent set-up on top of the footprint? Check. Garage attachment installed and staked to provide a shelter for gear, dog crate and food? Check. Rain fly attached, staked and cinched so no rain can come flying into the tent’s mesh (a common problem with this tent as far as we’re concerned) in the wind? ….