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Best Tents for Alaska
Posted by Brian Richardson on Dec 29 2003
Hello Glacier... -

Just a couple of specifics would be advantageous for making the best Tent selection.

1. What is lightweight?  In particular – what weights, dimensions, strength2weight, and options (like single or double wall constructions, windows, vestibules and so on).
2. What is “mountain camping”?  Extremes? Seasons? Transportation…?

There are more than a few high-quality brands to track amid a number of models that will outfit your necessities.  The pickings get a little slimmer when you attempt to cross “ultra light,” sturdy/stable, roomy/comfortable, and heavy-duty.  Often the excessive asking prices of these tents and the features in which you ultimately go without… become a compromise of the whole.

The Terra Nova tents are superb quality! – I would in actual fact question nowadays if the exaggerated price due to British exchange and the additional reality that you are left alone to problems (should you have one) with no active dealers… be worth it.  For my $ NO!

+ Plus + I think there are just as high-quality gear offered right here in the US (or at least by US based companies I should say).

I can’t quite respond completely to your question as to how lightweight and to what extremes would be your best tent/tents.  I will say Mountain Hardware http://www.mountainhardwear.com is worth a thorough look through.

It sounds as if you do not require an expedition base camp but wouldn’t mind the comforts it would serve.  At the same time it seems as if you do not want to give up options like some roominess, a vestibule, mosquito netting and the likes even if it establishes a little extra lbs.

I would look at the Trango 3.1 Arch as one of the highest quality extreme duty, 4 season, mountaineering, and expedition tents.  All the Trango series cater to this category of severe mountain extremes with smart features and superior workmanship.  The lighter weight family connection is called the Annapurna.

I use the Trango 3.1 Arches and Trango 2s as side dishes to my rugged, spacious Bombshelters.  This year - aside from nights in floorless Megamids that attatch to my 18’ Cat Rafts, I often used the Trangos as deluxe guide comforts when the weather was at its worst.

Here is a pic off one of my sites to give you a feel for size and function – Pictured is the smaller Trango 2. http://www.alaska-river-rafting.com/att231.jpg on a snowmobile tour.  In winter this is the way I offer guided Floats on the rivers.

Happy New Years –
Brian Richardson
http://www.northernrim.com
1-800-616-RAFT                  

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