Posted by: internationalroutier | December 6, 2010

A Grande Adventure

The Grande Canopy had an outing this weekend (no, not that kind of outing) at an Early Australian Colonial Re enactment gig with Stephen Gapps and his Garrison (several of whom are also Routiers). Sydney’s recent torrential rain put it to the test; one of the tests resulting in one side beam falling on my head but for the most part it was ample to the task. It provided much needed shelter to us all as well as a few new friends from Nigeria off to dance the night away once the downpour eased.

Damien came up with a clever alternative use for the canopy flaps that resulted in a greatly increased ‘under canvas area’. By attaching at the top as usual the flap was then stretched out to became an extra roof piece. It was supported through the bottom eyelets using Damo’s tent poles and anchored with ropes as for an ordinary tent.

Of course until the eyelets are in place along the top edges of the canopy and the flap there will always be a gap.
I thought it was worth documenting here to fix it all in our brains as a possible use for future events. This would also be a great way to avoid the mid-storm awkward adding on of the flaps once the canopy is up. If both flaps were laced on like this and propped up, it would be but a moment’s work to secure ourselves inside come a sudden change. No, you can’t always rely on our tent poles :), that may cause it’s own issues. I wonder if forky rests would do a similar trick?

Gratuitous cake stall shot.



  1. Whomever came up with the idea of constructing the Grand Canopy, hats off!

    It is a formidable beast, of which all should be proud!!!

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