Tents are used in many different environments. Whether it’s the frigid cold of the Arctic Circle or the blistering heat of the jungle, tents are used to shelter their occupants from the elements.
The tent mountain climbers prefer differs somewhat from those of other hobbyists. It should be rugged, durable and weatherproof. While most tents are water resistant, the tent mountain climbers prefer should be made of sturdier materials that are designed to survive the extreme cold of a mountain environment.
Beyond just the durability of the tents, the lightweight nature of the tents are important as well, typically weighing less than half as much as a typical tent. Made from special materials in order to best cope with the extreme temperature fluctuations found in higher elevations.
Normally a low-altitude tent is to designed to hold 2 or more people. These tents are larger in size and perfect for weekend camping trips with the family. This is because it is easier to move around, and generally more comfortable to sleep in. So if a camping weekend is what you’re looking for, load the kids in the car, pack your fishing rods, get out that bike rack for some epic biking trails and get the smores ready and you’re all set!
For more serious mountain trekking and camping, especially in higher elevations, it becomes increasingly important to remain heavily insulated. A smaller tent is lighter to carry, covers a smaller surface area, is better equipped to handle wind, rain, and snow, and is much easier to insulate properly.
High elevation tents allow users to better cope with the freezing temperatures and extreme snowfalls. These tents are typically designed to shed snow and other types of moisture more rapidly and readily.
Taking steps to remain insulated from the elements is the best way to ensure survival and comfort in mountainous terrain. They offer a lot more comfort when wanting to enjoy nature off the beaten track. Taking a small group of people into the mountains, as long as they’re well prepared, can be a great experience.
Of course, preparing the members of the expedition to take care of themselves is the most important thing to do before the start of the trek. Take the time to outfit each member properly, and ensure that each member has at least basic survival training. Learn how to maximize and take advantage of the skills that each expedition member has, and use those to their fullest extent.
Regardless of the reasons for taking a hike up into the mountains, it’s important to make sure that you bring the proper equipment. Don’t make the mistake of bringing a low-altitude tent assuming that you won’t run into inclement weather. Bad weather can stir quickly on the mountaintop, and you should take every precaution to ensure that you’re prepared for any eventuality that may arise on both short and extended trips into the mountains.