More than ever, people are venturing further, faster, and lighter into the wild for recreation, photography, or conquest. Much of this is related to a drive for adventure spurned on by social media platforms and the physical wellness that many of these like-minded individuals share. Fact is, most people aren’t looking to set a new record on the PCT, but we all want an enjoyable and memorable experience in the backcountry. Next to physical fitness, cutting weight from your pack is the next best or combined option for moving faster and farther. All this, with hopefully a smile on your face. Ironically enough, my most memorable outdoor experiences involve some sort of “type 2 fun.” Then the smile only comes afterwards.
Research and design in the area of fabric development is a key component in the evolution of the lightweight pack. If there is one area to invest in decreasing the weight on your shoulders and increasing usable space, it’s upgrading your tent, sleeping bag, and pad. Long are the days of tents that weigh 7+ pounds and take up half of a packs usable space. When looking for a new tent, unless you’re needing a large dome shelter for basecamp in the high mountains, 5 lbs should be the max weight you should ever consider.
I was looking for lightweight 2-3 season tent for quite some time when NEMO Equipment’s new trekking pole tent arrived at my door towards the tail end of last winter. Most of my leisure time in the outdoors during that season was spent backcountry or nordic skiing. I was a little bummed in thinking I would need to wait for fairer and less snowy weather before testing this tent in the elements.
After receiving the tent, I spoke with NEMO about the META 2P’s ability to withstand inclement weather. I was assured this tent can withstand most weather thrown in its direction and it even performs quite well in strong winds. With this in mind, I rolled the tent into my small backcountry ski pack and headed out late in the evening on a five mile ski to the top of Ball Butte – Ball Butte rests just off the SE flank of Broken Top in the Three Sisters Wilderness of Central Oregon and tops out at just below 8,100 feet in elevation.