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Count On The Support Of The Tent Pole
Michalis 'BIG Mike' Kotzakolios


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The tent pole is the main support of almost every tent. A tent is a temporary shelter comprised of sheets of fabric. These sheets are draped over a framework of poles. This framework stands upright due to the presence of the tent's main pole. A fabric floor completes the tent construction. Most tents have zippered windows and doors for ventilation and entrance. In addition to the tent's supporting pole, stakes and ropes help secure the tent against the wind.

Tents originally were devised as shelters for roaming bands of hunters. A large piece of hide or many leafy branches draped over a main wooden support pole formed a triangular shelter. The nomads would sleep beneath their primitive tent relatively protected from the weather. The entire tent would then be reconstructed the following night. Sometimes the tent's pole would be brought along from campsite to campsite. This made the construction of the next tent somewhat easier.

Today's' tents are made of space-age materials. The tent fabric might be waterproof canvas or even lightweight nylon. Canvas becomes even heavier when damp or wet, and makes a poor choice for tents when lighter, water-repellent fabrics such as nylon or polyester are available.

Poles for the tent are made of materials unimaginable to those early nomads. A modern tent's pole might be flexible nylon, fiberglass, or even a nearly unbreakable carbon composite material. The tent's poles are collapsible as well, making them easy to carry via backpack. Strings, guy wires, and tent pegs provide additional support to the poles. The guy wires attach to crucial parts of the exterior of the tent, and are securely anchored to the ground with tent pegs. This technique provides extra strength and bracing for the primary tent poles.

If you have an older tent with a broken pole, it may be difficult to get a replacement from the dealer. Your particular tent model may not be manufactured anymore. However, many kits to repair or replace a tent's poles are available. Pole replacement kits for tents typically contain several short pole lengths that can be assembled to recreate the original pole of the tent. These pole kits are inexpensive, so consider taking one on your hike in case a pole breaks.

The pole is the spine of the tent. It is the main framework upon which the whole tent is suspended. Check your tent pole for wear, cracks, or breaks before each camping trip and your tent will keep you out of the weather.



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