TENTS—FOR FOUR—What ounce canvas is best for camping out in winter? How big should it be to be occupied by four persons?
A heavy tent is somewhat warmer-than a light one, but this slight advantage is offset by the added weight in packing and pitching. For my own use I would not buy a heavy weight tent. Any kind of tent may be made warmer by placing evergreen boughs against the sides, thickly, and banking snow against them. A fly adds to the warmth, also to the weight. The place where the tent is pitched has much to do with its warmth. It should be placed in a sheltered position, among small evergreen trees is good, but never under or near large trees. Of course these rules can only be applied to the northern forest district. It would depend on the style of tent used, the amount of furniture and whether it is to be occupied an entire winter or just for a short time. The larger the tent the more difficult it is to keep warm. A 9 X 12 size will answer in most cases, if a wall tent. You should read “Camp and Trail Methods.”
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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