How to pitch the Cabela eight-person tent

The instructions for pitching our Cabela eight person tents are printed on the tent bag.

But they only include line drawings, so we thought some pictures might help. If you borrow one of these tents for a trip, print a copy of this page to make the job easier, but be sure to actually READ THE INSTRUCTIONS and try to find four or even six people to pitch it, not the minimum two.

There is one shorter pole for the rain fly.

The tent also has six long poles all the same size.

Start by pulling out the folded up poles and lengthening them.

Next, three of the long poles slide into the three mesh pole sleeves at the top of the tent in a triangle:

Cabela close-up of top:

Get the first three poles into their sleeves

The Outdoor Club bought many of these tents and each is a little different. On most of them the pole sleeves are color coordinated. All the sleeves for one pole might be gray, for another, off-white, for another dark green. (On some of the tents we marked where each pole goes with a different color of permanent ink pen.)

and then into their ring pins

All the poles go into ringpins at the bottom corners:

Cabela corner:

clip them onto the tent.

The tent attaches to the poles with simple plastic clips along the pole lengths:
Cabela simple clip:

and in the process, pop up the tent.

The other three poles don’t go through any sleeves. Next put the other three long poles in and clip them.

And finally, AFTER all six long poles are in places, clipped and in their ring pins,

find the clips or velcro that wrap around at pole intersections and wrap two poles together with each of them.

Cabela wrapped clip 2: Cabela wrapped clip:

It really helps to put in all six long poles and clip them along their lengths to get the tent into a proper shape before you wrap poles together at intersections.

The tent should look like this after all six poles are properly in:

Cabela overhead view:

Next you will run the short pole thru a sleeve on the rainfly and put the rainfly on over the tent and find the ring pins for that pole.

There are lines you can then pull outward to tent pegs, or even to a tree.

Notice the line from the rain fly at the front door that runs between the ladies in this photo:

girls with Cabella:

also see the line from the rainfly/front door, with pink tape on it to make is more visible, in this photo:

Cabella tent after snowfall winter 2011: snow covered tent and picnic table

The De Anza Outdoor Club can no longer rent out tents, but we are leaving these instructions.

Other logistics of pitching and living in a tent in the snow and/or rain are at: First-timer’s instructions

On our winter Yosemite trips four or six people in one of these tents is more comfortable than eight.

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Not-to-late arrivals on the winter Yosemite trip usually can find others to help pitch their tent and generally, the whole trip works better when everyone tries to help with any and all chores:

group pitching tent snow camp 2011: group of people pitching tent after darkpitching tent at night 2011 winter trip: pitching a tent at night

setting up rain fly 2011 winter trip: setting up rain fly for a tent after dark

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For fun, an eight person tent holds this many campers has mostly photos of people who shared these tents. For example, we took the rainfly off the tent to get more light in it when we posed the picture below of tooooo many people sleeping in en eight person tent:

first people in tent for photo 2010: first people in tent for a posed photo of a crowd sleeping in a tent

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don’t buy a cheap tent

and for a laugh: Camping Blunders has pictures of tent mistakes