Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: One-man tent recommendations?
Re: One-man tent recommendations?
Mon, 21 Jun 1999 07:24:06 -0400
This is all up to your own prefrence. There are many great tents on the
market, including the before mentioned Siera Clip series, and the Eureka
Gossamer. The biggest factore you need to decide is what type of weather
are you going to be facing.
For example if you live in the Pacific North West, you would expect lots
of rain. In this case you may wish to have a slightly taller tent with a
full rain fly and mostly cloth for the tent. On the other hand, if you
are going to be hiking the south east where it gets hot and buggy, you
will want something that will be venting easily and have very good bug
You also run into the problem of free-standing vs. not. For the
beginner, Free-standing means that stakes are not required to keep the
tent's shape. They are required to anchor it to the ground though, and
allways try to use them. In general the non-free-standing tents are
lighter, but they will not stand up to any type of heavy snow, and at
times even not a heavy rain. You also have to make sure that where you
are camping has soft enough ground to put your steaks in.
Here is what I use. For solo summer trips I tend to take my 6 year old
Eureka Gossamer. For the colder trips, or ones where I want a little
more room, I take my 4 year old The North Face Firelight. Of course if I
really want to go light, I just take a tarp and hammock.
Robert M. Lewis