View Full Version : erecting tipi (first time)

04-17-2005, 12:07 PM
Just got my tipi set up for the very first time...nothing to it! I do have one question though. In the directions concerning the center pole it talks about lengthening the pole to the "dbl" hole. I assume that means double hole, however I cannot find a double hole on my center pole, so I just lengthened the pole until it was tight. Can anyone help me out?

04-17-2005, 12:23 PM

Look for a smaller "hole" next to the target hole. It might be more of a "dimple" in the sense that sometimes my guys don't drill clear thru. This is just a guide, and sometimes the ground may indicate that you can only get the tipi "tight" as you say--raising the pole any further in trying to get to the "target" hole being too much.

Glad you had a cinch time of it.

04-17-2005, 12:46 PM
Thanks, Patrick. Just thought of another question. Does the piece with all the holes go at the top of the center pole, or the bottom?

04-17-2005, 01:59 PM
Bottom. And in case you didn't catch it on this site, or in the instructions, its a good idea to put one of the smaller stakes under the pole to help keep the pole from sinking into the ground, when you first put up the pole.

04-17-2005, 02:04 PM
In reference to using something to keep the pole from sinking into the ground...how many of you guys just use the snow platform even on normal ground? I was kind of planning on this and wanted to know what you guys did.


04-17-2005, 02:13 PM
The pole sinks, to some degree, in any ground type so its just good practice to do the peg thing. I wouldn't carry the snow platform unless there was snow.

04-17-2005, 04:01 PM

You are a young, tough hombre, and carrying the snow platform (which will certainly work, btw) even in summer is nada to you. I'm with razorsharp, and refuse to carry anything that's heavier than a short peg. Suit yourself.

04-17-2005, 06:29 PM
Thanks, guys! As always, I appreciate your experience.

Travis Scott
04-17-2005, 06:44 PM
How many total pegs are necessary to get the job done on the paratipi? I notice mine came w/ a few extra pegs. Got me thinking if I could get by w/ not pegging all loops? Just trying to shave some weight.

04-17-2005, 06:55 PM

You must have me confused with someone else. I am not all that tough, but thanks. I was just curious and still have a lot of experimenting to do. I look forward to meeting you one day. Better be careful, your flattery has my head big...I am going to deflate it now.


Woodland Girl
04-19-2005, 07:42 AM

If you ever have the chance, attend a "rondy". I attended the East Coast gathering and met some terrific people including Patrick himself.

Nothing like hanging around a warm stove inside a 16 man tipi with a bunch of like minded people!

The "rody's" are a great opportunity!

04-19-2005, 09:04 AM
I would definately like to get to one. I intended to go to the East Coast rondy, then the one in CO, and it just seems that my other commitments keep getting in the way. I am holding out hope that one day I will get there.

Time will tell.