Jan 6, 2012 at 10:17 am #1283779
I have a Skyscape Scout that I will be doing some backpacking with in colder temps. Has anyone had any experience with the Scout in below freezing weather? Probably nothing below 25 degrees F. I really liked the tent this summer and fall, but it is fairly open. Any experiences or tips for colder weather?
JasonJan 6, 2012 at 11:51 am #1820862
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
My TT Moment in constant high winds (35 -45 mph.) was BREEZY even with a 1 ft. high snow wall around the front and clothes laid on the floor level netting.
Had there been blowing snow the spindrift would have come right inside the tent.
The Skyscape, being a hybrid (partial) double wall, may be a bit warmer and W/O the Moment's ground level netting may be better suited to keep out more (but not all) spindrift. But you DON'T want to use the Skyscape's optional porch on cold nights.
I think the Skyscape could be improved with TarpTent-like closeable peak vents.Jan 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm #1820935
This brings up an issue brought up on a different thread: Can you set up a Skyscape in such a way to pin one side (or the other) to the ground. I know there are condensation issues with this, but if it's cold and windy, maybe it is worth it.Jan 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm #1820954
As of right now, no snow is predicted for the trip. I am going in two weeks. I will try to keep one side closer to the ground and block most of the wind. I guess I will find out soon.Jan 6, 2012 at 3:25 pm #1820956
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Do you have a bivy?Jan 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm #1820961
@brooklynkayakLocale: Atlantic North East
Are you concerned about too much ventilation?
I suspect the Skyscape does a pretty good job of blocking most wind. Just don't consider it as a way to hold in a lot of heat. That is the job of your sleeping bag/quilt/clothing.Jan 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm #1820975
"Can you set up a Skyscape in such a way to pin one side (or the other) to the ground."
Maybe try shortening the windward pole a couple of inches and retensioning guy lines on both ends? Assuming trekking pole use here. I haven't tried this yet, but I will, based on this thread.Jan 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm #1820988
@skopeoLocale: British Columbia
…Jan 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm #1820989
I have the appropriate bag,pad, and clothing. Just curious if anyone had any cold weather stories.Jan 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm #1820994
"My concern with dropping the pole height is that doing so often collapses the bathtub floor in single wall tents."
I'll post after I get around to setting up my Skyscape. One of the things I want to check out is how the bathtub floor is tensioned. I'm also concerned about altering the geometry of the pitch in a way the compromises stability in windy conditions. It's too cruddy outside to do it now, in case I decide I want to return it. The sun will eventually shine around here long enough to dry things out, and pitching the Skyscape will be my number one priority then.Jan 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm #1821150
The Skyscape is very similar to the Lightheart Solo I used on the PCT last year. I got to see it at a few trail festivals and the difference between the two in this situation is negligible. You can shorten a windward pole so the fly is at ground level on one side without compromising the bathtub floor. The mesh droops, but that's what its designed to do. Keep ventilation on the other side. No worries.Jan 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm #1821434
"You can shorten a windward pole so the fly is at ground level on one side without compromising the bathtub floor."
Thanks for the feedback, David. That is good to know.Jan 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm #1821442
@skopeoLocale: British Columbia
…Jan 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm #1821477
Thanks for all the replies. I will be leaving the 21st for this trip, update and pics to follow.
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