This morning was a bit rainy, so I’ve abandoned the idea of pitching my Scarp in the back garden. It’s lucky I’ve got a big garage! Anyway, to continue the Scarp mods, I’ve added two threshold cords, some loops on the end guys, some seam-sealant across the tent floor to stop sleeping mats from slipping and tried a new tent groundsheet protector.
1) Groundsheet protector. I know this is not strictly necessary but, for me there are two considerations. Firstly, I like to have a porch groundsheet as it extends the usable are of the tent. Secondly, after reading some stuff on silnylon, I’m slightly concerned that it has a low hydrostatic head. A groundsheet protector should get round this issue as well as keeping the underside of the tent clean. I bought an Akto footprint from team io, as the Akto is similar in dimensions. While not perfect, it’s good enough. One porch is covered, the other is bare, which is what I wanted. It weighs 144g and cost £35. If I decide I don’t want the porch covered I can use the Tyvek footprint that I bought with the Scarp, which weighs 111g. Another option is to use a polycro sheet that I have.
team io Akto footprint
2) Threshold cords. I adapted the one that I made for the Laser Comp. Like the Comp, a taut pitch will probably put some stress on the clip that secures the bottom seam of the door. The Akto has an adjustable threshold cord to avoid undue stress. I’m not sure why other tents don’t have the same. Anyway, it’s easy to do. One end is attached to one of the end struts, the other to the loop of material that has the eyelet for the main arch pole. For extra security, the cord can be passed round the end of the pole where it protrudes through the eyelet. Adjustment is via a linelok.
Door threshold cord
3) End guy loops. I though these would make pegging the end guys neater.
End guy loops
4) Anti-slip strips. Silnylon is quite slippery. Having read about some problems that other backpackers have had when sleeping on a slope, I though that a good solution would be to paint three strips of seam sealant across the floor. Silnet sealant is quite grippy, so it should prevent a sleeping mat from sliding during the night.
The one remaining task is to sort out some sensible pockets. The ones provided are far too small to be of use. If anyone else has some mods, let me know. I’m hoping that we might get some dry weather soon so I can pitch the Scarp in the back garden but the lawn is waterlogged.