- Feb 19, 2018 at 2:43 am #3519178
Not including mid (pyramid) shaped tents, would you use a tent like the TT Notch or StratoSpire for winter camping – with a ripstop inner tent, natch.
Personally I think their flat areas are snow and wind collectors but with proper guying against snow loads they likely could be OK forest tents for winter use. However experience may have you sewing on extra guy points, with proper reinforcing of course.
Also I’d want fly hem stake loops for stakes or deadman anchors in deep snow.Feb 19, 2018 at 2:50 am #3519181
I have.Feb 19, 2018 at 3:04 am #3519185
Being pretty popular why exclude the mid? Flat sides and all.Feb 19, 2018 at 5:50 am #3519197
Lester MooreBPL Member
@satoriLocale: Olympic Peninsula, WA
would you use a tent like the TT Notch or StratoSpire for winter camping
Sure, if the Notch has a partial-solid inner, and if it’s a sheltered location and if it’s unlikely to snow heavily – like lower elevations in the forests of the Olympic Peninsula in WA.Feb 19, 2018 at 4:20 pm #3519240
My duomid this past weekend on Mt BakerFeb 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm #3519300
You wouldn’t happen to have any photos of the interior – and of how much space was lost due to the snow pushing the roof in?
CheersFeb 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm #3519317
I didn’t take a photo of that specifically, but this shows it a little bit. You can see it was beginning to encroach on my sleeping area. I’m fairly new to mids, so I expect some of that could be mitigated by better staking of the panel tie-outs (I just reused the stakes from the hem midpoint), as well as using the midline tie-outs on the edges, which I did not use. All of that being said, I don’t doubt one of your tunnel tents would hold its shape much better.Feb 19, 2018 at 10:28 pm #3519318
Incidentally, I just noticed that the first line of the original post is “Not including mid (pyramid) shaped tents”. Somehow my brain ignored that :)Feb 19, 2018 at 10:58 pm #3519332
Er – yeah, a bit messy! Snow does spread.
You know, some extra guy lines, placed not too high above the ground, might help there.
Or should that be ‘make more use of the existing attachment points’?
CheersFeb 19, 2018 at 11:40 pm #3519344
Doug GBPL Member
With my Duomid in the snow I just dig a shallow pit and use 2 poles to pitch without a center pole. Creates a ton of extra interior space. I have even dug a leg hole out the opposite direction which creates a massive interior. Love it for snow. (I think I am taking this topic further off thread as the intent was non pyramids!).Feb 20, 2018 at 3:34 pm #3519456
Yea thats basically what I meant by making better use of the existing points. There are 8 attaachment points at ground level, and 8 more midway up. I was only using 4 of those, so using the other 4 in addition would definitely help. I could also stake them out further away rather than reusing the stakes for the ground connections if that makes sense.
I’m curious what you mean by “without a center pole?” Looks like a nice setupFeb 20, 2018 at 3:57 pm #3519459
So Eric, any comments?Feb 20, 2018 at 4:34 pm #3519464
Doug GBPL Member
I use the Locus Gear DPTE. I like using 2 poles in a V shape. Opens up the interior, particularly in snow. Have had a decent snow load on Rainier, so seems just as strong as a single straight pole; at least I haven’t had a failure. You could make one easily enough I think. Makes it easy to dig a pit and still support the mid.Feb 20, 2018 at 9:02 pm #3519520
You call that a pyramid?
That’s not a pyramid.
THIS is a pyramid!
60 mm dia aluminium tubing poles and 6 mm climbing rope guy lines. Carried on a sled, often partially assembled.
Locale: somewhere in Antarctica with the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE).
Mfr is One Planet in Victoria, Aus, under contract.
CheersFeb 26, 2018 at 2:21 am #3520742
I excluded the ‘mid because they are a common straight pole winter tent and knew I would get a lot of ‘mid users.
I am looking for other straight pole supported tents as Franco illustrated. I think his photo showed a a 2 pole Tarptent Notch. It is probably a better shape than the Stratospire for snow load support.
I asked because straight pole supported tents )’mid excepted) often have problems in snow.
Yes, there are the old wedge types with 4 poles, two at each end, usually connecting at the apex. The US Army 10th Mountain Division used tents like this made of nylon, white on one side, O.D. on the other. I used one as a Boy Scout because our Scoutmaster was a smart guy and knew it was the best light tent available in the ’50s.Feb 26, 2018 at 3:27 am #3520756
60 mm dia aluminium tubing poles (x 4) and 6 mm climbing rope guy lines. Carried on a sled, often partially assembled.
and 30 kg…(66 lbs)
still stuff happens :Feb 26, 2018 at 4:38 am #3520773
Er … Blimey. Judging by the massive amount of rocks around the edge of the tent, there may have been a bit of wind?
The photo is labeled ‘Scott Polar Tent’. Is it in fact a One Planet tent or something from a previous generation? The torn edge looks a bit like cotton or seriously UV-degraded.
CheersFeb 26, 2018 at 5:45 am #3520781
There are several manufacturers that make a “Scott Polar Tent”., all inspired by the original…Scott Polar tent.
The one I posted is indeed from One Planet. I can’t remember the exact wind speed but about 140KMPH, that I remembered because I had to laugh when on a another forum someone posted the photo of his pyramid tent supported by a single 14mm or so pole claiming it stood up to 100 MPH winds.
(the wind speed was reported at the nearest weather station. Problem is that it does not exactly tell the speed anywhere else but on that exact point and at a particular height off the ground)Feb 26, 2018 at 6:16 am #3520784
That is in fact a problem with straight poles: they cannot resist bending at all well. Tall tents are also more at risk.
And yet, my silnylon tunnel took 100 kph wind all night with 7.5 mm carbon fibre poles. Ah, but the tent was much lower to the ground and the poles were definitely curved, braced by the fabric shape, and guyed at the right points. Plus the wind was end-on and a tunnel tent has a far more aerodynamic shape.
CheersFeb 26, 2018 at 7:06 am #3520788
Edward John MBPL Member
Well the wind gets stronger the further from the ground you are so naturally taller tents are at more risk. To answer your question Eric. No way but only because hiking poles are not really all that strong at the height I want.
Franco my information was that the wind speed was more like 140 Miles per hour; personal communication with the owner of One Planet when I asked about that photo. I didn’t ask how old/how many seasons the tent had done tho but I understand the lifetime is very shortFeb 26, 2018 at 7:18 am #3520789
140 mph – more reasonable I think.
CheersJun 29, 2018 at 2:12 am #3544400
I wonder if a two hiking pole tent like the TT Notch would benefit from a short, horizontal 3rd “pole” joining the two main poles would be of any structural help in high winds? Of course it needs to be below the catenary arc of the top of the fly and have a means of securely joining the hiking poles.
Yeah, more weight with this 3rd pole but maybe well worth it if high winds are expected.Jun 29, 2018 at 3:29 am #3544412
What would the horizontal pole do? Assuming it could be connected at each end.
It could keep the trekking poles apart, but I would have thought that strong guy ropes could do that for much less weight. They would also keep the tent down, which is a plus.
What it would not do is support the fabric spans – and I think that those spans are the critical factor. If the fabric can flap, the tent has a problem.
CheersJun 29, 2018 at 7:22 pm #3544484
Katherine .BPL Member
How far would I push my SS2? I might get the solid interior and start “spring” a bit earlier. But when i get serious about winter I’m gonna get a Scarp.Jun 30, 2018 at 2:39 am #3544551
If you want to really winterize a Scarp 1 or 2 see my thread and photos in this Winter Hiking forum on how I winterized my Scarp 2. My main mod was placing the X-ing poles inside the fly with some sewing and pole shortening involved.
Or you can just add the optional exterior X-ing poles to help a bit with wind load.
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