Oct 1, 2009 at 6:31 am #1239800
I've read thru (mostly)the best lightweight tent thread, but they're youre talking about $500 tents.
I've gone snowcamping 3 times (I took the Bay Area Sierra Club snow camping course last winter). First time I used a loaned Megamid. It did okay in about 8-12" of snow, but we did have to get out and get snow off the lower part of the wall. We forgot to use the side tie-outs.
2nd time snow cave. Cool, but time consuming.
So I'm not sure I really enjoy snow camping yet. Something about being wet and cold, I think.
I'd like to keep trying though. But I don't want to(can't at the moment anyways) invest is a $500 tent.
I was leaning toward a Duomid, based on my Megamid experience. I live on the East coast for now, so I'd mainly be dealing with snow loading, and one night trips.
I have an pre-08 TT Rainbow, put an oware Cattarp2, but I'm not sure those are appropriate.
Anything else recommended?Oct 1, 2009 at 8:34 am #1532112
@cooldripLocale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
Hi Stacy. Where on the East Coast are we talking? Big difference if your heading into a place like the Whites in NH. For most places, I think your Rainbow would work fine for overnights if there is no snow. It works great in wind, especially if oriented correctly, and you can use trekking poles to support the arch under heavy windloading. It's going to be breezy though, and if there is snow you'll get alot of spindrift coming in.
I probably wouldn't choose a full-on winter tent if you're "testing the waters." Most of the full-on winter tents are going to sit in the closet during the rest of the year. I've used a Bibler I-tent in humid high 40*fs in the Smokies, and I'll never do that again! Winter tents are designed to be very warm; I find I need a winter tent about 3 months out of the year (mid Dec. thru mid-March) and then I'm back to a more open, ventable shelter.
I think the Duomid would be the best choice to start with. The Duomid would be useful in winter, especially with an inner tent, and handy many other times of year. I like shaped tarps in all seasons if I'm dealing with alot of wind and rain. It's also great in any wet weather to be under shelter with your shoes on! I find my gear gets less wet because I'm never in my sleeping area with wet clothes or shoes. There is far more space to cook in as well. In deeper snow, you can dig it in and really increase the space and headroom. I really think you would find a Duomid is you're preferred all-season shelter, rather than just a winter shelter.Oct 1, 2009 at 8:39 am #1532114
@cooldripLocale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
Almost forgot: Digging out is part of snow camping. Unless you're in a serious expedition tent, or the snowfall is very light, you'll have to get up to dig out and maybe re-tension your guylines. As Mike C! likes to say "Get up and DEAL!"Oct 1, 2009 at 9:04 am #1532128
Thanks for the input. All-season usability is a big part of the reason I was leaning Duoumid. With a bug net, it could replace my Rainbow when I want an enclosed shelter, for 8 oz less weight.
(My Rainbow is an older model w/o the pole grommets to support the arch, so I'd have to MYOG my own.)
My experience in the Sierras last year with a BD Megamid tells me it should be doable. We slept 3 in it, and dug about a 4' deep hole to put it over, digging into the walls to make it more spacious.
I don't mind so much getting up to dig out. Had to do that in the snowcave as well as the door was getting blocked up with drifts. And I have to say, standing outside in a white-out at 3am, in the mountains, all alone, is one of my favorite experiences ever.
I just got concerned when I read in a G-Spot thread about Ryan Jordan having issues with Duomid snow-loading, since I assume he knows what he's doing.
I'm new to the East coast, having moved the NYC from San Francisco in August. We ditched the car, so I'm still figuring out where I can go car-less camping from the Manhattan. Any tips would be appreciated.Oct 1, 2009 at 9:46 am #1532138
Dave .BPL Member
>>I'm still figuring out where I can go car-less camping from the Manhattan. Any tips would be appreciated.
Depends. Harriman State Park is easy to get to via Metro North. Your Rainbow will handle most anything you encounter there. If you take a bus to the Catskills, 'Dacks, or Whites, you'll want a tent that can handle snow loads I think.
Send me a PM if you have questions.Oct 1, 2009 at 11:54 am #1532165
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
One vote against the Rainbow being a good winter camping tent.
If you're cost concerned, and renting or borrowing tents ain't your thing, the a Megamid or Megalight will be the cheapest route.Oct 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm #1532346
Doug JohnsonBPL Member
@djohnsonLocale: Washington State
If you're still trying it out, there are some less expensive options:
MSR Twin Sisters $200
Golite Shangri La 2 $175
I have a Shangri La 3- great tent. I also had a MSR Twin Peaks (same as the new one except no skirt)- another great tent.
Can't beat MLD weights though- and their quality is impeccable.Oct 2, 2009 at 10:10 am #1532459
I'm definitely leaning Duomid, in no small part because if I end up deciding it's not for me, it'll probably retain more of it's blue book value on BPL than the Golite and MSR.
Snow camping last year with the Sierra club pretty much everybody had a pretty marginal tents, and nobody had a collapse or died even when we got 3-4' feet of overnight snow at Ridge Lakes in Lassen NP. One guy was even using a Sierra Designs Lightyear and he insisted that at no point did he wake up with the tent top sitting on his face. The Megamids worked fine as long as you reached up with your trekking pole every so often and knocked the snow off the sides.
As everybody's pointed out, it's just a matter of proper set up and maintenance in all but extreme conditions.Oct 31, 2009 at 8:53 pm #1541561
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I'm waiting for the revised (longer fly) Scarp 2 W/ ripstop inner tent. I plan to make it my main winter tent but it can be a 3 season tent and with the optional net inner it can even be a tropical tent.
EricNov 2, 2009 at 11:13 pm #1542094
Mark VerberBPL Member
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
+1 borrowing a shelter until you are sure you are into snow trips.Feb 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm #1571260
Kevin LaneBPL Member
Greetings. Us easterners have a different load than the west coast does. We do not get the snow that you would expect, so the use of snow to add insulation is not available. I still use my GoLite Hex pyramid, and carry the floor cause I am that way, on winter hikes at least
E mail me off list for trips if you like (PaddyBeer@aol.com)
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.