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  • Late February Solo in the Hardwoods

    Took my first solo hot tent trip the last week of February. It was the first time I camped near oak, and it was really nice. No sparks and the wood burned long and hot. I had a beautiful couple of days with full sun and only coyotes and owls to serenade me at night. I was able to try out my home made stove reflector which worked perfectly. I also made a light weight ash rake that really came in handy. This was the first time I used a cot, and although I am a hammock camper for the most part, I'm a huge fan of the cot for winter camping. It will replace my chair from now on, and I love that I can store my gear underneath it, allowing tons of room in the tent. All in all an excellent time was had.

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    Sounds like a nice trip! Nothing like a solo hot tent trip. Is that the new Snowtrekker High Country you picked up? If so I'd love to hear what you thought of it.

    I had a nice convo with Jonah Lottig about that model a couple weeks back. It's something I'm considering vs their 8x10 shortwall--he mentioned that the higher ridgeline and taller sidewall pullouts give it a roomier feel.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dutch_Henry View Post
      Is that the new Snowtrekker High Country you picked up? If so I'd love to hear what you thought of it.

      I had a nice convo with Jonah Lottig about that model a couple weeks back. It's something I'm considering vs their 8x10 shortwall--he mentioned that the higher ridgeline and taller sidewall pullouts give it a roomier feel.
      I loved it as a solo tent. Two men with cots and no chairs would also be just fine. I did feel it had more room on the sides than the shortwall did. Ridgeline height felt about the same, but it's hard to tell. At 6 foot I could easily stand up in the middle and plenty of room to hang the lantern and dry things on the ridgeline I strung up.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Midwest Firecraft View Post
        I loved it as a solo tent. Two men with cots and no chairs would also be just fine. I did feel it had more room on the sides than the shortwall did. Ridgeline height felt about the same, but it's hard to tell. At 6 foot I could easily stand up in the middle and plenty of room to hang the lantern and dry things on the ridgeline I strung up.
        That's really helpful--thank you! Encouraging to hear about two cots fitting in there, too. Funny aside, you and I have the same chair. Sadly, mine is relegated to summer and fall trips. It doesn't fit my current setup (Seek Outside Redcliff) due to the sloping walls.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the photos of your trip. I think I may orient my stove to the way you have it set up.

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