/// TRAVEL ADVICE
ALPINIST / MOUNTAINEERS
Helping you pick the right tent
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT : SCOTT RINCKENBERGER : MSR
TENT SIZE RECOMMENDATION FOR ALPINIST / CLIMBING / MOUNTAINEERING
Deciding on the right size tent for your adventure
Negotiating technical climbs whilst carrying your daily gear and facing extreme weather systems means packing compact, lightweight and durable gear is a must. Crucially, your tent must be able to be set up quickly and easily, especially if you’re planning on pitching in tight spaces.
No of People
Tent Size Recommendation
1 Person Tent
2 Person Tent (Ideally with Vestibule Space for Storage)
3 Person Tent (Ideally with Vestibule Space) or 4 Person Tent
4 Person Tent (Ideally with Vestibule Space) or 5 Person Tent
For this form of travel we would recommend splitting the party into smaller groups and having more than one tent. If you have a base camp you plan to keep returning to, you can always set up a more permanent, larger tent for 5 persons +.
WHICH SEASON TENT FOR MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING / ALPINIST
Keeping safe and warm from extreme elements
High winds, colder climates, snowy conditions and rain are all elements you are most likely to face at some point in your adventure. It is therefore important to look for a good 4 season tent to keep you and your party comfortable and dry. If your planning a warm weather adventure, a 3 or 3+ season tent would offer a good degree of protection too whilst offering more ventilation.
WHICH STYLE TENT FOR MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING / ALPINIST
Deciding on the right style tent for your adventure
Optimised Symmetrical Geometric, Geodesic, Semi-geodesic and dome style tents are among the most sought after tent shape for this kind of adventure. With a curved, dome shape, extra poles with multiple cross overs and plentiful guys they robustly constructed to withstand tough weather conditions, buffering high winds away and allowing snowfall and rain to slide off with ease.
Often with a good internal space, you can comfortably remain warm when sitting out bad weather fronts or bunkering down on a cold, blustery night. Optimised Symmetrical Geometric / Geodesic / Semi-Geodesic tents tend to be a bit heavier in weight due to additional poles than a Dome tent – something to consider if weight is an issue.
KEY TENT FEATURES FOR MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING / ALPINIST
Ideal features to look out for to make your journey comfortable!
4 Season Tent
Optimised Symmetrical Geometric Geodesic / Semi-Geodesic / domed styled tent
2 Wall Tent and/or Single Wall: particularly for professional Alpinist planning on pitching in difficult and tight areas
2 Walled Tents - Bathtub style floor
Plentiful Guy Points
For 2+ people, Vestibule Space: for storing your gear. Some tents offer two entrances which can help protect your gear from bad weathers whilst giving you an alternative exit to the tent.
Limited mesh on body walls
Good Head Height: to aid with removing layers of ski touring gear
TOP ACCESSORIES FOR MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING / ALPINIST
Making Camping Easier!
Snow /Rock / Sand Tent Anchors
Core / Ground Stakes suitable for Rocky Areas
Ground Sheet / Footprint (Extra Protection from water and wear-and-tear)
Tent Repair Kit