2 man tents
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZMIS.BITNET)
Mon, 2 Nov 1992 18:09:00 MST
If you go backpacking about once a year, I would like to suggest that you
hit the Appalachian trail which has shelters already built every ten miles or
take along tarps.
If cared for (the big if), canvas tents can go a long way. The troop I
grew up with had the old BSA Voyager tents (no idea what they are called
now) with the full floors. They weigh in at about 16 pounds and lasted
decades (remember this is with kids using them). Since I grew up in
Michigan where the climate is frequently wet or cold with snow, it was a
pain to even think about leaving gear outside. In fact, about the only
place I remember camping and leaving my gear outside was at Philmont in
1970 with those tiny canvas tents they had.
We even carried those 16 pound tents on two campouts a year when I was
growing up. The distance, 1.5 miles in and 1.5 miles out. First class
hike-in and out requirments. That was a real learning experience. These
hold two with gear easy. With small scouts, three and gear will fit.
If rain is a big concern, then make rain flys out of plastic for the
voyagers (you are car camping anyway). My brother did this on his Lake
Superior to Hudson's bay canoe trip. They took BSA Voyagers on that trip
(Late 60's or very eary 70's).
Sure high tech nylon will last very long as well, the problem is they are
very expensive or you get the cheap ones and find out why they have such
lower costs (workmanship is where you cut corners, it is more expensive
than the material). The problem I have with expensive tents for youths is
that they will not take care of them. If they manage to ruin one (fire in the
tent, tent pole or knife through the side, give it some thought, there are
lots of ways to damage any tent), the troop is out some bucks.
Other thoughts, buy the cheap tents and then re-inforce them yourself (get
the sewing machines and scrap material out. I have seen the cheap dome
tents small and large (the 2 man which hold one and the 4-5 man which hold
2-3) at discount stores like the price club for under $70. The brand I
last saw at the Price Club was Wilderness Trails. I do have one of these
tents ($30 two man) and it has had some parts come un-done with moderate use.
Hope these suggestions help a bit.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City