EXTREMES IN SHELTERS
OK, we have "Mad Mt'n Mike's" very basic floorless single wall tent to "mnhunter's" heavy dome tent with a vestibule. That's EXTREMES in weight and protection.
ME? I land much more toward MM Mike's weight with my ->->->
->->TARPTENT MOMENT DW.
It's a double wall (ripstop nylon inner tent) one person tent with two vestibules and two doors. Weight is 32 oz W/O crossing pole and 36 oz with it. I use the optional X-ing pole if I expect heavy snow or high winds. This tent will keep out spindrift snow and be tall enough to easily sit in. My pack fits in one side of the larger vestibule & outer boots in the other vestibule. Boot liners go inside my sleeping bag to be warm for morning.
I totally agree with "mnoland", we all need to become LIGHTWEIGHT backpackers. Why?? Because, unlike the usual backpacker we are also carrying a scoped rifle, ammo, and field dressing gear (and likely heavier warm clothing).
STOVE: Trail Designs titanium sheet Caldera Cone Sidewinder with either ESBIT fuel tabs or the wood-burning Inferno insert or both. By using wood with this stove I only have to carry some Vaseline soaked cotton balls for tinder and get my fuel from Ma Nature. Finger sized twigs are the size of fuel needed. The Inferno woodburning insert makes it a gassifier
stove which means it burns most gasses from the wood and thus is very
My pot is a matching size (required for Calder Cone stoves) 3 cup aluminum pot & lid. Inside the pot nests a cut down Ziploc 'fridge bowl and plastic measuring/drinking cup.
A long handled Lexan backpacking spoon is my only utensil other than a tiny Gerber lockblade knife.
SLEEP SYSTEM: Western Mountaineering Megalite down bag (30 F.) plus I wear synthetic insulated (Thermolite Micro) jacket and pants over heavy weight polyester long johns. This system and a balaclava on my head easily keeps me warm to 0 F. I also can take a down "topper" that Velcros attatches and covers the entire top of my bag. This lowers the temp range to -15 F.
My mattress is a Thermarest Trail Pro with my hunting pants and coat under it on the tent floor.
Never been cold with that mattress setup even in -5 F. temps.
PACK: Here I confess I carry a heavy (7.5 lbs) Dana Designs Terraplane because I haven't bought a lighter large winter pack. But when I do I'll order a custom designed ZIMMERBUILT pack or a GRANITE GEAR pack at around 4 lbs. max.
Those are my "BIG 4", tent, stove/cookset, sleep system and pack
My rifle is a stainless steel Browning A-Bolt W/ BOSS muzzle brake
system and a 30 mm tubed Burrris Black Diamond 4-12 X scope.