Early Christmas – New Tent!

December 17, 2006 at 11:05 pm 3 comments

A number of years ago I bought myself a tent.  It was four person tent and proved to be rather large and heavy for my needs.  I had the best intentions when I purchased it.  I was thinking Sean and I would be squished in a two person tent, so I upgraded a bit.

Well, it turns out Sean’s never made it out camping.  So the four person tent is usually occupied by me… and Jimmie (Henry is not approved for camping as he likes to aroo at everything).  Every now and then the large tent pays off– Kipp or Ryan Schutt occassionally crash in my tent and it’s come in handy at the Relay for Life.  But for the most part, it is an overkill.

Big Tent – Bigger than the Picnic Table!

Since I want to get more into backpacking to expand my hiking range, I’ve been talking about a light weight tent for some time.  Santa (aka Sean) heard me loud and clear.  This year he ordered me a Fast and Light Hubba Tent from MSR Corp.  It weighs 3 pounds and is designed for 1 person and their gear (or in this case, their dog).  You should have seen me when Sean came home Friday night and pulled the dainty little stuff bag from behind his back.  I jumped up and ran over like any little kid does on Christmas day!  I’m not sure, but it is possible I squealed.

We immediately set it up in the living room.  Jimmie immediately jumped in.  Meanwhile Henry immediately ran away (another reason he is not approved for camping). 

Vicky and Jimmie in new tent…. in our living room

 The tent is so light and compact that when I decided to try it out that evening, I picked up the assembled tent and carried it upstairs to the deck.  So Friday night (yes, in December), Jimmie and I slept on the deck in the new tent.  We both had ample room.  In fact, Jimmie slept beside me, leaving plenty of room at my feet and head for “gear”.

We didn’t quite spend the entire night outside.  At 4:30 AM, I woke up and felt a bit chilly.  I realized if I was chilly inside my nice comfy sleeping bag, poor Jimmie with his thin greyhound coat was probably freezing.  Truth be known, he looked fine.  He was curled up in a ball, sound asleep, with no signs of shivering.  But– I hopped on that rationalization nonetheless.  🙂

And since the tent is so light and compact— I just carried it back with me inside and waited until the next morning to put it away.  Which by the way, is much easier to do.  No more lying spread eagled and rolling around like a moron to push out excess air!

I’m very excited about my new gift– it’s going to open up a lot of hiking doors for me!  One trip I definitely covet using it for– an overnight trip to Rice Fields.

Entry filed under: Camping, Hiking, Jimmie, Sean.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Clint  |  December 23, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    Sean really should come

  • 2. Carolyn  |  December 23, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    Yeah, we barely do anything other than sit around the fire and drink beer and talk.

  • 3. Andy Truck Tent  |  March 5, 2007 at 2:01 am

    I recently bought a light weight tent too, makes hiking much easier when you don’t get tired just from carrying around a heavy tent. More fun too, now I can see the area I hike in!


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