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Freestanding Tents vs Floorless Pyramids: Winter Bakeoff

DuoMid in Snow - Crawford Notch, White Mountains - 2011

Black Diamond FirstLight Tent and a very stealthy MLD cuben fiber Duomid Sub-pound, floor-less pyramids are very lightweight, but free-standing tents pitch in minutes. Which is the right choice for winter backpacking and mountaineering, when pack weight and space are at a premium? Pitching a floorless pyramid on snow takes …

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Multi-Purpose Items as Snow Anchors

Practice Emergency Snow Trench to get out of the Winter Wind

Question You need to set up a shelter fast, but don’t have the time for snow anchors to set. What pieces of multi-purpose gear can you use to set up a winter tent, shaped tarp, or flat tarp? Answer If I’m up in the mountains on a winter overnight, I’m …

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