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Ordos tent pitching instructions

So you’ve just got your lovely new tent and you’re ready to go on your next adventure. To make sure you can get your camp set up nice and fast here are some basic instructions for the Ordos.

1. The Ordos is an inner pitch first tent so start by spreading out the inner. Put some pegs at the corners now just to keep things in place while you get the tent sorted. If you’ve got a footprint put this down first with the inner tent over the top.

2. Get your poles out and slot them all together. The Ordos comes with one big bundle of poles. Join them all together and lay them over the inner tent. The slightly longer of the two poles that go across the tent goes at the door end

IMPORTANT BIT!!! make sure the plastic bobbles where the poles cross each other are both pointing the same way - down towards the tent.

3. The poles all have a ball at each end that goes into a socket on the inner tent. There’s a socket on the black plastic bit at each corner of the groundsheet and a clear plastic clip above the door and towards the back of the tent.

4. Once the poles are clipped in hook the inner tent onto them. There are two circular plastic attachment points on the inner tent. These go onto the bobbles where the poles cross.

5. Now the inner is up get the outer ready. Throw the outer flysheet over the pitched inner tent. There’s only one door on the Ordos so its obvious which way things go.

6. At both ends of the central ridge pole (above the door and at the back) there’s a plastic toggle that goes over the socket on the inner tent where the pole goes in. Do the velcro tabs up around the poles and hook the plastic tabs at the corners into the plastic clips on the inner. You can adjust the tension of the flysheet at each corner.

7. Almost there, now you just need to make sure your tent is exactly where you want it and peg it out properly. Add some guy-lines for extra security (especially if it’s windy) and make sure the outer tent is pulled tight all across the frame and around the bottom.

8. Open up your tent, unpack your kit, lay our your sleeping bags to get all lofty and warm, stash your bags in the porch and then you’re ready to settle down for the night. 

When you’ve woken up, rested and ready for another day outdoors, take the tent down and stuff it into the bag. The tent boffins now advise not folding your tents as this just puts creases in the same place so weakens the fabric. Ram it in there, it’s a tent not a school shirt!

Created: Aug 20, 2015

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