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Gear Talk / Tents
« on: October 20, 2006, 04:25:04 pm »
I see the link did not work, so here is another.  By the way, the Kiva
weighs 4 ponds.  My solo freestander (Tarptent Rainbow, weighs less
than 2 pounds.  I use it on my backpacking trips, and the Kiva on
snowshoeing trips in winter.:

Gear Talk / Tents
« on: October 20, 2006, 04:16:53 pm »
I recently rode the Oregon Coast and camped at state parks along the
way.  I used my Mountain Hardware Kiva tipi as my shelter because I
expected high winds and wet, dank conditions at night and morning.  I
wanted a tent large enough for me and my bike and my trailer and
gear.  The Kiva fit that bill.  The Kiva is a winter snow camping shelter,
but it adapted nicely.  The bike and gear did not tear up the floor
because a Kiva has no floor (It's for snow camping).  To compensate for
the bug and slug factor, I used a simple bivy sack to sleep in.  It has
bug mesh over head and face.  It kept of bugs, kept my sleeping bag
off damp grass and ground, and the tent kept me and all gear dry.  
another advantage -- no fear of mid-night raids by critters on my food
stash, nor fear of mid-night theft of bike and gear by two-legged
crutters.Here is a link with pix:

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