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Smoothing out the area for your tent or swag

Post by RealNick » 11 Feb 2018, 8:13 pm

Does anyone take anything with them camping to do this?

I've had a bad run lately of ending up in spots with crappy ground for the tent.

Kind of a pain to carry about but I'm thinking of a small metal rake maybe?

Anyone do it? Worth it?
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Post by Daddybang » 11 Feb 2018, 8:36 pm

I just use a shovel :thumbsup: :drinks:
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Post by Bigjobss » 11 Feb 2018, 8:42 pm

I just use my feet
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Post by AusTac » 11 Feb 2018, 8:55 pm

I watch where i set up and move/avoid the big stuff but the leaves and small bits are good for drainage

Had a few average nights setting up in the dark but nothing to bad

Also an added plus if you leave it pretty much the same and pick a good spot ( sometimes your stuck between a rock and a hard place ) it can make it harder for anyone trying to track you etc
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Post by axio » 11 Feb 2018, 9:43 pm

Push light stuff aside with my shoes

Any stubborn rocks or tree roots just mash into the ground with the butt end of my Fiskars axe
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Post by juststarting » 11 Feb 2018, 11:49 pm

AusTac wrote:Also an added plus if you leave it pretty much the same and pick a good spot ( sometimes your stuck between a rock and a hard place ) it can make it harder for anyone trying to track you etc


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Post by Oldbloke » 12 Feb 2018, 5:43 am

Move. :lol:
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Post by albat » 12 Feb 2018, 6:44 am

Long since done the stretcher tent route when i have the ute, you are off the ground you can level it, move it in out the sun when setup and its up in 30 seconds
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Post by Daddybang » 12 Feb 2018, 7:36 am

AusTac wrote:Also an added plus if you leave it pretty much the same and pick a good spot ( sometimes your stuck between a rock and a hard place ) it can make it harder for anyone trying to track you etc


What are you getting up to!!! :lol: :drinks:
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Post by AusTac » 12 Feb 2018, 9:14 am

Daddybang wrote:
AusTac wrote:Also an added plus if you leave it pretty much the same and pick a good spot ( sometimes your stuck between a rock and a hard place ) it can make it harder for anyone trying to track you etc


What are you getting up to!!! :lol: :drinks:


Haha nothing that needs me to do that, i'm to lazy to pack in all my gear and go all sneaky to much hard work :lol:
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Post by bigfellascott » 12 Feb 2018, 9:24 am

I use the kids!
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Post by Lorgar » 12 Feb 2018, 2:29 pm

RealNick wrote:Kind of a pain to carry about but I'm thinking of a small metal rake maybe?


See if you can find a half decent telescopic one maybe?
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Post by brett1868 » 12 Feb 2018, 5:05 pm

1L of diesel and a match works well for removing unwanted growth :)
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Post by sungazer » 12 Feb 2018, 6:30 pm

Back when I was a Boy (heard that before and thought I would never say such a thing) when camping and sleeping on the ground we used to cut the bracken and put that under the tent as a bit of a mattress, worked pretty well as long as you didnt get a stem poking you in the back
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Post by Gwion » 12 Feb 2018, 9:04 pm

Read the ground better.....
True, not so easy in some places but i havent needed move more than a few sticks or a rock in about 20 years or more. I do recall setting ip in some pretty s**ty spots back in the day, though.
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Post by ebr love » 13 Feb 2018, 3:07 pm

Gwion wrote:Read the ground better.....
True, not so easy in some places but i havent needed move more than a few sticks or a rock in about 20 years or more. I do recall setting ip in some pretty s**ty spots back in the day, though.


Kind of contradicting your own point there mate.

Reading it doesn't help if the ground is just plain s**t :lol:
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Post by Gwion » 13 Feb 2018, 3:15 pm

Then don't camp where the ground is s**t! :P :lol: ;)
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Post by Daddybang » 13 Feb 2018, 4:11 pm

Obvious solution. ..drink a bottle of rum then ya wont give a F@#K where ya sleep. :thumbsup: :drinks:
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