In my opinion there are few decisions more important to backpacking that what your shelter is going to be. This will be, at times, your only protection from the elements. It will need to be a home in the middle of the night on the top of a mountain. It is a place where you must recover at the end of each day from the pounding your body as taken. This decision weighed heavily on me from the very beginning of this process.
We all know by now that the rabbit hole that Alice took to wonderland might be the only pit deeper than that of the pantheon of backpacking gear. I listened to so many pod casts and heard so many names and ideas that at some point it seemed like it all became noise. Cowboy camping. Hammock. Big Tent, Small Tent. YIKES!!!! But then I started zeroing in on all the stories the “Triple Crowners” were sharing about THEIR gear. These people had literally hiked over 6000 miles of trail… I think they might know a thing or two about gear.
I quickly decided that I wanted a tent and it needed to be ultra light. It needed to be at least a two man ten (6 foot 4 don’t fit in no itty bitty tent) and I wanted something that I could pull my pack into in case it was raining. A name began to rise to the top. Big Agnes. Again and again people were commenting that it was the only tent they will ever buy. I had it! I had my brand. Now which one? Soooooooo many!!!
I started doing my research and the Copper Spur started to peak my interest. It was ultra light (only 2lbs 11oz in the pack!!) Everyone said it was spacious. It had something called a “vestibule” which I didn’t realize was an option. The list of features goes on and on. I had found my shelter.
I was doing all of this research during the winter holidays before Christmas. I wanted to take advantage of the traffic and the holiday sales. One very good find on Ebay later and it was mine, and for one heck of a steal! Now I just had to wait for the weather to break so I could try it out.
That break didn’t come for MONTHS. However, it did come. Below you’ll see as I unpacked the tent and set it up on the lawn outside my front door. It was easy even the first time. Getting it back into the bag will take a lot more practice but when I stretched out inside with room to spare, I was incredibly happy that I had made this decision. It has so many little features built in that I can’t wait to put it to use.
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