Basecamp is like your kitchen at home. It’s the place where everybody sooner or later migrates to and congregates around the evening’s cooks, the music, and the fire. Having said that, the most important aspect is shelter. Make sure your canopy is large enough to house the group providing shade from the sun or shelter from the rain. We like to determine where the sun is headed and where weather may approach from. Normally, in the Northwest, weather approaches from the same direction the sun sets, west, leaving us looking for a big tree on the western end of a flat spot to start. Nature also provides a lot of natural features of which to consider like a fallen pine for seating, rock outcroppings to serve as tables, and trees for additional shelter and shade.
Some folks are really handy at creating a tremendous shelter using rope, tarps, and oars. Others dive into the glamping scene and quickly setup dining canopies from Kelty, Big Agnes, or MSR. The pre-fab ones usually come with pole sets, guylines, and stakes. Their setup becomes really quick with practice which comes in handy in inclement weather.
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