Tent for survival at the extremes

Posted: November 24, 2012 by Ben Weber in English, Equipment
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Among the additional equipment we have just acquired is the North Face VE-25 tent. Not the cheapest tent in the world, but certainly worth it:

It is a three-person, four season tent, which is used by mountaineers in the Himalayas and up Everest, and also by polar explorers – capable of providing good shelter in extreme cold and in strong winds.

In looking at the reviews of the tent, people have mentioned that it is heavy – which it is at just over 5 kilos when packaged. But then again, when you get a three person, four season tent, you don’t really expect that it will be light as a feather, do you? We will be able to split the load between the group, so it won’t be too much of a burden when we are cycling on the road. I have also seen a couple of people commenting that the tent is slightly hard to set up… though others have said that it can be set up easily by one person.

We never know what the weather will be like in the UK in winter – it could as easily be beautiful as it could be blowing a gale outside, so I think going with a four season tent for this journey is the best idea. Also, as we will be using this tent throughout the entire project, it doesn’t really make sense investing in a lighter, less substantial tent now, and then spending more on the four season tent in the future.

We shall soon see about how we find it – living in São Paulo, we don’t have that much space to practice setting things up – especially not in the central areas, where it is just an urban jungle, and people would probably be slightly… curious if we tried putting it up in the park! But we shall go off in to the mountains around the city soon to test this and get used to the thing.

In São Paulo, you can get the North Face VE-25 from Casa de Pedra – along with less expensive but excellent quality ones such as the Marmot Limelight 3 season tent, among a number of others. Check them out.

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