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Cook tent for mountaineering - recommendations?

Postby ulvetano » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:39 pm

Anyone have any recommendations or leads (for purchase) for a cook tent? Essentially, I'm exploring what's out there for dialing in a base camp. Planning on having a 2-3 4-season tents, but would like to set up a floorless cook tent, build some snow benches/tables, etc underneath it and have a nice common area to hang out in. Anyone have experience with these and could you steer me in the right direction? thanks! Chuck

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Re: Cook tent for mountaineering - recommendations?

Postby Dave B » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:17 pm

I have zero experience with such a situation, but how many people? I'm assuming <6 if you're only going with 2-3 tents.

Would a betamid work? I'm kind of assuming this is for the Alaska trip you posted on a while back, but it seems a betamid with a dug-out platform (2-4) feet would probably work well for that many people.

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Re: Cook tent for mountaineering - recommendations?

Postby Bean » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:22 pm

BD Megalight
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Re: Cook tent for mountaineering - recommendations?

Postby ulvetano » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:39 pm

Thanks all for the info so far. Mega Light was the only off the shelf version that I had my eye on. Seems about right for what I'm looking for, but I wasn't sure if it was meant for harsh conditions (yes Dave, prepping for the AK trip in April). Looks like there were more options years past, but many are discontinued.

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Re: Cook tent for mountaineering - recommendations?

Postby RoanMtnMan » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:24 pm

Shangri La by Go-lite works well. We used it for an AK trip with little issue. I have spent a lot more time in my MH Kiva, however I loaned it out to a friend for an AK trip last year and apparently it is still under repair. Still not clear on the cause of the giant hole and I hope to see it again someday. I really liked that tent.
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Re: Cook tent for mountaineering - recommendations?

Postby climbingaggie03 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:52 pm

I've used the mega light a fair amount and it's great, super light and plenty sturdy, I know it sleeps 4 pretty crowded so it might be a bit crowded for more than 3 or 4 during meals but I think it would work. If you're going to set it up as a base camp cook tent sort of shelter, you can bury the edges under a bit of snow to hold them down and make it a more sheltered environment inside the Tarp.

I've seen the Go-lite shangri-la and it looks like an awesome shelter, I think it's probably even better than the BD mega light, but I haven't used it so I can't say for sure. I do like the floor plan for sleeping better than the megamid. Since it's pentagonal it gives more space inside than the squar megamid.

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