You guys know I hate to disagree with another post but.................. It looks heavy and complicated, cool but complicated. For a big tent with plenty of head room when high wind isn't a threat I use a Kelty Trail Dome 6 man size. Easy as pie and quick to set up. Weight around 8 pounds (guess). For the worst weather I use a North Face Expedition 25 three man, (about 11 lb) not as easy and quick but will handle whatever comes (so far). Like Yat I've stayed in Yurts on state and Fed campsites and they were great.
Fysh....you'll find on this site a video to show you how to build a REAL yurthttp://www.layourterie.com/pages/yourte-traditionnelle.php
You may know Tiana was born in Siberia near the mongolia border...a friend of hers sometimes goes hunting there... here's a pic taken inside a yurt she emailed us
Right now it looks like we're doing a 12' X 14' canvas.
I really don't mind going this route -vs- spending well over $800.00 for a room that we'll only sleep in.
With the larger tent, even tough it's only the 2 of us, atleast we will have enough room for a small sitting area if the weather gets a bit dicey, and enough room to stow the rest of our gear. The tent we've decided upon has a rain shield made from semi reflective material that in the cooler weather will atleast hold some heat when the heater is on in the a.m.
If the weather gets too bad we'll be heading South anyway, regardless if we have a room or not. Even at that if it's only a short bigger storm we can always get a room for a day or two, or tough it out in the tent.
It's good either way. All I care is that I'm Steelheading!!!!!!