Outward Bound


Sun-Gazette Correspondent


I still love tent camping, even though we have upgraded to a 27-foot trailer.

But, one thing I hate about tenting is rain.

It never fails. Whenever my husband and I tent, we either are setting up camp in the rain or experiencing a torrential downpour throughout the day or evening.

So, we usually have in tow a tarp that is used over the tent to help the water run off and away from the sometimes delicate tent sides.

Securing the tarp usually happens with some cordage we have packed.

CamJam, made by Nite Ize Innovation, are like tiedowns that can pull, in this case, a tarp down taut to the stake in the ground.

The nylon cordage runs through a sort of high-density plastic carbiner hook and down through a toothed pulley system. Then you just pull it until tight. When you’re ready to release it, move the toothed pulley back. That’s it.

The best part is that the nylon cordage is knot free. It is reusable every time.

The company sells a single pack or a two-pack that includes two 8-foot sections of 5/32-inch rope. Some of the models come with cordage and others do not.

CamJam retails for $2.79 to $5.59. For a list of retailers, visit