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Fixing a sticky tent fly
Written: 2017.07.12 by: Steve Grant


Sometimes life interrupts our backcountry activities, and gear such as mountaineering tents is left unused for many years. This recently happened to me when I went to resume using my treasured Sierra Designs Super Flash 2 tent. It smelled like vomit and the flysheet coating had gone gooey and was stuck to itself. Just touching it left my fingers sticky. Yuck. Online research yielded explanations of what had happened, but no sure means of fixing it. Most advice was that the fly was ruined. Out of production for probably 25 years this meant that due to planned and wasteful obsolescence in

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