Practice makes perfect!

There is no single, correct way to pitch your shelter. We’ve done it a variety of ways and continue to experiment.

We recommend practicing your pitch before using your shelter to develop familiarity with the setup.


Clip the shock cords
  • At each corner, clip the top shock cord's mitten hook to the mitten hook on the bottom shock cord. This will form a loop between the bottom and top corners of the tub.
    NOTE: More recent Bug Shelters come with a piece of white cord tied to each top corner of the tub-floor. Staking this cord rather than the shock cord (shown below) will produce a more stable pitch. Use both the white cord and the shock cord to help pull the bottom of the floor taut.
Stake the corners
  • Place a stake near each corner and pass the shock cord loops around each stake.
Raise the rear peak
  • Stake out the rear guyline.
  • Place your pole's tip in the grommet located on the guyline.
  • Adjust the length of the pole so it is several inches above the rear peak.
  • Tension the guyline.
Raise the front peak
  • Stake out the front guyline.
  • Place your pole's tip in the grommet located on the guyline.
  • Adjust the length of the pole so it is several inches above the rear peak.
  • Tension the guyline.