As Ray Mears put it when he used one on his French River canoe trip in Canada (see http://youtu.be/ut3KOabgdJ8?t=5m31s ) it works as “both your tarp and your tent in one” – use as an enclosed tent or as an open-fronted shelter with awning and side canopies to create a general camp admin or cooking area, out of the wind, rain or protected from the sun.
Produced in high quality 12oz olive green or sand khaki 100% cotton canvas which is treated for waterproofing, rot-proofing and fire retardent – together with hand made ash and oak poles, natural rope guy lines and ash pegs, and full zippered fly screen entrance across the sleeping area, this is a tent to let you make the most of any adventure or location: very simple to erect and pitch thanks to it’s unique design it works well in many types of terrain, and highly adaptable for an active camp with open-to-nature views and also providing solid and very usable shelter.
Starting with the beautiful simplicity of this traditional tent style, we’ve used hand-made ash and oak poles with stainless steel joins, and revised the design and functions to make what we think is a robust, highly functional and elegant design – a tent you can really enjoy living with.
- The Campfire Tent on a rocky beach on Loch Ness – secured simply to the canoes to the front and a log to the rear – no pegs needed.
- Wynnchester Baker Tent pitched by a loch in the Assynt region of North-West Scotland
- The tent on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Baker Tent Heritage & History – Bill Mason & Ray Mears
Legendary canoe expedition guru and wilderness camper Bill Mason popularised this tent style in his book “Song Of The Paddle – an Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Camping”:
Ray used Baker tents in both his “Canoe Journey” programme and his “Roger’s Rangers” episode of the Ray Mears Extreme Survival Series.
Rogers Rangers Episode
(skip to 3mins 30 secs for Baker Tent)
Canoe Journey Episode
(skip to 5mins 25secs for Baker Tent)