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tent troubles

After a year and a half on the road, a lot of my equipment is getting a little tatty. My Big Agnes Emerald Mountain tent has some very positive features but robustness is not really one of them.

This is the second time I have had trouble with the poles of my Big Agnes tent. The door zippers are another weak spot. However, there are many things I like about the tent, too.

After buying a couple of outrageously overpriced hose clamps at a hardware store in Pachalum, a couple men at a small electrical workshop across the road helped to come up with a neat and simple fix. They hacked of a short piece of pipe that formed extensions on the handles of a pair of pliers from their own tool box which fitted snugly enough to render the expensive hose clamps redundant. The men scorned any payment at all for their services.

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  1. Christopher | June 23, 2013 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    This is a common theme in cycle touring blogs I read when people go through “Third world” countries; the resourcefulness of people in fixing bits of bikes, racks, and now tents. It is astonishing, and calls into question the role that consumerism and the marketplace plays in persuading us to buy stuff.

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