Camping - Kelty Gunnison 1.1 & No-knot Guy Tying





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Published on May 18, 2011

The Kelty Gunnison 1.1 is a 3-season, 1-person back-packing tent. It's a higher-end model that uses shock-corded aluminum poles, and better tent material than compared to cheaper brands like Coleman or Ozark Trail.
The instructions were pretty lackluster, though, especially omitting how to use the no-knot guy ties. So, I'm just demonstrating the setup, and how to tie the no-knot guy lines.


After a couple of weekends at the lake, I figured out quickly that the cheap pancho easily got holes in it, and moisture was able to wick up into the floor of the tent. The tent itself is not that great when it comes to water resistance (hence the big-ass fly). So, I upgraded to a real tarp ground cover, which you can easily buy for $5-10 at a wal-mart or such. (The tarp was also useful to lay out the scuba gear in the grass to gear up between dives. Could also use as a tie-down cover for the truck bed if I wanted. So, a tarp is always useful).

The ground was also still too hard for just a sleeping bag to cushion. So, I got a self-inflating camp pad. It's the kind you unroll, unscrew a valve, and let it self-inflate. It did a good job. I got one that has an attached pillow section you can orally inflate. I recommend avoiding those types of camp pads; just get one that's a camp pad only w/o an attached pillow portion. The pillow portion is always awkward, it's a pain to deflate (since it's a separate chamber from the camp pad), and overall I did not like it. I learned that lesson the hard way when I bought an air mattress a long time ago with a built-in, raised pillow area, and all it did was give me a kink in my neck and make it hard to get comfortable. When you make a bedding, you want a flat surface, b/c you can always just do like I did and stuff the sleeping bag's carrying case with clothes and use that as a pillow. It's best to just make your own pillow some how. These all-in-one solutions are usually jacks of all trades, master of none, which means they're going to suck. Keep it simple.

The tarp & camp pad add extra things to pack & carry, but they're worth it. So far the tent has held up, but it is very hot in the summer time, esp. with the fly on it, since there is no air flow. With the fly removed, the air flow is still stifled, since the venting is at the top. It's a tad cramped on the sides (I'm like 250lbs). The fly covers the whole tent, but has windows in it, so folks can still look in and see your business if they really wanted to (most camp sites folks mind their own business, so didn't worry about that). It's a tad difficult to change inside the tent. If I had to do it over, I'd go buy the 2person tent for a bit more room. Plus, I could probably fit an air mattress in the 2-person tent. But, it's always a compromise between comfort and how much bulk you have to setup & pack along.


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