Having delivered our daughter to university with about ten tons of belongings, I arrived at Haweswater a bit later than I had hoped. No matter, the weather was fine and I was looking forward to a couple of days ambling around the fells and some good places to camp.
It only took about fifteen minutes to reach The Rigg, where I’ve camped before. Because there was very little breeze and there were insects about, I decided to camp just off the footpath in a relatively open location.
I took out the Trailstar, the peg bag and then what I thought was my OookStar. As I took the OookStar out of the bag, it dawned on me that this wasn’t the OookStar, it was my OookWorks Duomid nest. I’D BROUGHT THE WRONG INNER!
Stunned at my stupidity, I considered the options. At worst, I could use it as a groundsheet. However, with the number of insect buzzing around, this didn’t seem very attractive.
I could try using the inner, except that it was designed for the taller Duomid and would sag badly. How could I make it shorter? What about tying a knot in the material at the apex? Miraculously, this reduced the height enough for a rough pitch. OK, not great but good enough to tide me over.
The height was a bit restricted and the fabric touched my head and my feet when I lay down, but it was good enough for an OK night’s sleep. The next day, as I walked, I thought about how I might improve my bodge.
If I tied the knot a bit higher, then it would improve the headroom, but I needed to find a way of securing the apex of the inner at a lower height to tension the walls more effectively. Why not use a bit of cord from my repair kit to make a new loop secured under the knot in the inner tent?