Dining Fly

  • Must go inside the Bear-muda Triangle, near the fire ring.
  • Whenever you are setting up the dining fly or a tent, keep in mind the four W’s:
    • Wind – set up so that a corner is facing into the wind for stability
    • Water – avoid setting up over drainages that would flood when it rains
    • Wildlife – Avoid setting up over game trails, ant hills, gopher holes, etc.
    • Widow makers – avoid setting up under dead trees or limbs that could fall on you
  • Using a 25’ x 1/8” rope and two small sticks, attach the dining fly to the rope using lark’s head knots and tie-off to two poles using a clove hitch. (Trekking poles can be substituted in place of the aluminum poles.)
  • Use a taut-line hitch to stake the rope into the ground.
  • Stake the four corners. Stake the two sides too if you have extra stakes.
  • The dining fly is a great place to eat if it is raining. No open flames should be under the dining fly at any time. Stoves, fuel bottles, and toilet paper should be stored under the dining fly at night. Packs should not be piled up under the dining fly because if one person left a smellable in their pack, every pack would be destroyed. It is better for everyone to put their pack cover on and lean their pack against a tree in the fire ring area. Additionally, packs are never clean and should be kept in the Bear-muda triangle at all times, not near tents.


About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.