Tipi Setup 6 Person

6 Person Setup

Note: The photo’s below are of a 12 person. The 6 person sets up the same way
The six person tipi sets up to the dimensions of 14′ diameter by 94″ tall. Setup is simple. The setback method works well in most conditions. In windy conditions the utility rope pie method is probably the easiest. This tent is incredibly versatile, and functions well using alternate setups (enlarged footprint, 4 person etc), it’s poor weather performance is optimized for standard setup. In high winds and such, use it in it’s standard pitch.

Setback method:

The setback method is simple and effective, but probably not best for poor conditions. To use this method, you stake one zipper (use both tie out points on the zipper so the tipi is balanced side to side), then you pull the other zipper out taught, and measure a setback and stake the other zipper (using both tie outs) at the setback. Next, you pull out the sides, creating a square and set these back as well. The zippers must be closed such while establishing the correct setbacks.
Setbacks are as follows:
Zipper to Zipper: 36 inches
Sides: 6 inches

After the setbacks have been established you can either raise the pole taught and then stake the rest of the stakes, or you can pull out the rest of the tie out locations and stake them taught, and then raise the pole.

Utility Rope Circle Method:

Take a piece of low stretch utility rope and tie a loop in one end. At the other end mark it at 7′. Circle the perimeter of the tipi setting stakes. This method is simple, but does not set the stake distance apart and does not take into account fluctuations in the ground.

Other Pitching Options:

  • In smaller spaces this tipi can be pitched as an 4 person tipi to reduce the footprint. The diameter is about 12′ in this configuration. This configuration is not optimized for poor weather performance, since the tent has only half the available stake out locations. It is probably easiest to not stake the guy outs directly, but use a small bit of guy out line and pitch it close to the ground.
  • The opposing zippers can be separated and the footprint of the 6 can be made even larger. In this configuration the doors can not be closed, but it can be used in fair weather to create a very large covered space.


  • If you intend to use a stove, open the top flap of the stove jack prior to raising the tipi.
  • The vents are reinforced with a flexible material that you can bend to shape. If you prefer to close the vents to maximize heat do it prior to raising the tent. If you prefer to have the vents open, make sure they are formed before raising the tent.
  • While you can pitch the tent with half the stakes, and they have done well in poor conditions with only half , you will get better poor weather performance, and seal drafts better using all the tie out locations.

Setup Video

Tipi Setup 6 person – Old Style

What’s Included:

  • A set of 8 inch tent stakes
  • One adjustable Carbon Fiber Pole

Instructions for 2012 Model

The 2012 model is super simple to setup. The distance for all stake out points is 7’2″ from the center of the tent, therefore you can setup many of the stake out points before even pulling the tent out of it’s stuff sack. The easiest way to do this is to use a light guyline and tie a hoop in it and measure out 7’2″ to the end and either mark it or cut it off. They guyline can then be used for utility purposes (guyout, clothes line, or whatever you desire). once the correct tie out locations are in place, you can insert the pole in the dyneema reinforced center and raise the tent. Adjust to necessary tension.

Pole assembly:

The pole is assembled with the largest sections in the middle and all sections except the middle one should click in place. The middle section acts much like a ferrule connector and a locking mechanism is not necessary. The pole sections can nest inside each other creating a very compact package. You will notice extra holes in the end section, this is for added flexibility and the ability to adapt the pole into a hiking staff, where you do not even need to carry most of the pole on your backcountry journeys.

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