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Glow-in-the-dark tent cord

So your trip doesn't turn into a fall. </pun>
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Ever been on a large group campout for scouts/church/school? At night, when it gets particularly dark and you are trying to stumble your way back to the kitchen area, you usually end up tripping on the various guylines for tents and falling, bringing down yourself while angering the person inhabiting that particular tent. Glow in the dark toys and other novelties are rather common, so it shouldn't be too hard to make:

Glow-In-The-Dark tent cord! Bundle tents with glowing guylines to help the fairly common situation of "invisible" string. Put up your tent, shine it with your flashlight, and for the duration of the evening, your tent is protected from damage as well as the poor unsuspecting sap who just needs to get the rest of his gear out of his car.

BinaryCookies, Sep 29 2002

Glow wire http://www.glowire.com/
You could use some of this. [bristolz, Sep 29 2002]

Glow-in-the-dark Nylon Rope http://www.usriggin...usrigging/new05.htm
Nylon Double Braid; 1/4" - 5/8", glows for up to 8 hours. [jutta, Sep 29 2002]

Glow-in-the-dark Fiberglass Tent Pegs http://www.campingr...t/glowfibtenpe.html
Same problem, different solution. [jutta, Sep 29 2002]

Flashing Belly Button Light http://shop.store.y...s/flasbelbutli.html
Hands-free camping accessory, maybe. [Amos Kito, Sep 29 2002]

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       lay down a few glowing guidelines for my guy to find his way to my tent - yes
po, Sep 29 2002
  

       But then I won't have any excuse if I'm caught while gigglingly pulling up someone's tent pegs.
FarmerJohn, Sep 29 2002
  

       //gigglingly // is this something that boyscouts do?   

       demo please.
po, Sep 29 2002
  

       A solid grounding in campsite layout will solve the problems of tripping over guy-lines and make an interesting addition to your outdoors knowledge.
[ sctld ], Sep 29 2002
  

       I have no control over where my peers pitch their tents, be it on any path that might have been there previously or not.
BinaryCookies, Sep 29 2002
  

       I had to laugh at this one. I've just arrived back from a weekend camping with 50 women, and I would have loved a glow in the dark tent cord to tie around a certain tree which stood between the ablution block and my camp site. I had several intimate and painful moments in the dark with that tree.
Helium, Sep 29 2002
  

       Since I'm always tripping over something, I'll vote for this. Croissant.
TeaTotal, Sep 29 2002
  

       The wife swears this is baked. May be, but I didn't see 'em...
lurch, Sep 29 2002
  

       Rechargable "glow-in-the-dark" materials lose most of their glow fairly soon after darkness. If you have a quick transition (like turning out the lights in a room), you can get a useful afterglow, but outdoors, where night falls slowly, the chords won't be very useful once night has actually arrived.
jutta, Sep 29 2002
  

       I was thinking similar thoughts and wondering if maybe superwhite cord and a blacklight would do the job. Then I thought about glow (or el) wire.
bristolz, Sep 29 2002
  

       You need some sort of spray-on pheremone to encourage fireflies to perch on your guy ropes...
hippo, Sep 30 2002
  

       Having each tent cord dipped in a container of methylated spirits and then lighting the cord should do it. All night long, the meths will creep up the cord by capillary action but will burn at a low enough temperature so as not to burn the cord itself.
hippo, Sep 30 2002
  

       Why oh why hasnt sombody thought of this before
Gulherme, Sep 30 2002
  

       Little flashing LEDs at the peg, at the join to the tent, and in the middle of the guy line should do it. They could be controlled by an light sensitive resistor on the tents apex. They would work a lot like those lights on top of chimneys/antennae that discourage aeroplanes from hitting them
Zircon, Sep 30 2002
  

       ...and are why fewer pilots are entering the workforce these days.
bristolz, Sep 30 2002
  

       Woah, 'planes have pilots? I thought they were like large whales in the sky!
Zircon, Sep 30 2002
  

       The droning ones don't.
FarmerJohn, Sep 30 2002
  
      
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