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How to Dismantle a Pop Up Tent

Updated March 28, 2017

Pop up tents are used for backpacking and outdoor adventures. These handy little units pack down into a small stuff sack, poles and all. Lightweight and stout against wind, the tents keep you protected from the elements when in the field. There are many different styles of pop up tents, with different methods of attaching the poles to the tent material. When breaking camp, follow a basic formula to break down your pop up tent.

Walk around the tent, popping out the tent poles from the tent floor. Many tents use metal grommets or sleeves to attach the pole ends to the floor. Pull out the poles and let the tent deflate.

Pull the poles out of the tent sleeves or remove the pole quick clips. Set the poles to the side as you work around the tent.

Pull the tent poles apart. Many poles have shock cord holding the blanks together. Pull the rod blanks apart and hold them together in a large group. Stuff all tent poles into the pole stuff sack once broken down.

Walk around the tent and remove any tent stakes. Untie any guy out lines from stakes or weights. Pull the tent rain fly off the top of the tent. Grip the rain fly in the centre and hold it in the air. Roll the tent fly up -- if the tent fly is wet, let it dry before rolling it up and storing; otherwise, mildew will set in.

Roll the tent body up and stuff it into the tent stuff bag. Push the pole bag into the tent storage bag along with the tent stakes. Fold up the rain fly once dry and stuff it into the tent bag. Cinch the bag down for proper storage or to move on to the next camp.

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About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.