Trail Poll: Erection problems

If you're anything like us, you're probably a slick and well-practiced tent-pitching machine.

If you're anything like us, other campers watch you in awe of your ninja-like skills with a peg, pole and guy-line.

If you're anything like us, your tent is perfectly erected first time, every time, and you'll be tucked away safe and sound inside your mobile shelter while others are still flapping and faffing.

And, if you're anything like us, all of the above is an enormous pile of Battenburg*.

The truth of the matter is that regardless of how often we pitch our tents, there's always the chance of something throwing a spanner in the works, or rather, a spike in the groundsheet. Even the most experienced pitcher occasionally finds themselves wrestling with an enormous tangle of fabric and cord while trying to understand how the inner and flysheets have turned inside-out and back to front in the bag, or how all the guy-lines have weaved together in a way that suggests an under-performing Boy Scout has been practicing his knots while high on a mix of Sunny Delight and blue Smarties, when they're certain everything was as it should be when they last put their tent away. But what is it that most likely to cause you to wish you were back home in a proper brick-built, centrally heated, four-walled abode?

We've come up with ten of our most hated tent-pitching problems and we want to know which you can relate to. So close your eyes, picture the scene, and let us know...


*Ever since Brian Blessed informed us that he believes there is a special place in hell reserved for the marzipan-wrapped, pink-and-yellow-checked cake, we've become determined to get it into everyday conversation as an alternative curse-word. Feel free to join in.