I'm an avid backcountry angler and spend about thirty nights a year in the high country of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana chasing trout in high altitude lakes and streams. The Rocky Mountains produce their own weather, much of it very fierce. So I have to have a top grade tent that won't get trashed in the gale force winds, rain, and sometimes even snow of the high country. My current tent is my favorite piece of backpacking gear. It's the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 2 man tent. It's plenty of room for myself and my gear and it weighs only 3 pounds. It utilizes only one pole, so I can do a complete set up or tear down in about 3-4 minutes.
Folks always want to talk about the danger of bears on the backcountry. I scoff at this idea. Hypothermia is one of the true killers in the backcountry, certainly not bears. A good tent and sleeping bag can mean the difference between life or death in the Rocky Mountain high country and my tent has proved itself many times. I've done well over thirty backcountry trips in my Big Agnes and have never spent one night wet or cold.
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2. Here in rock & ice country at Elbow Lake in the Wind River Range.
A snow storm in the Popo Agie Wilderness of the Wind River Range. Photo taken August 30, 2009
My favorite lake up in the Flat Tops Wilderness over 11,300' - loaded with 12-14" Colorado Cutts
View from the bedroom. Waking up to snow on the outside of the tent. Golden Lakes over 10,600' in the Wind River Range, Sept 2010.
Sauerkraut Lakes in the Winds. You can barely make out the Upper lake in the background
My campsite just out of sight of Maes Lake in the Winds. Maes is filled with nice backcountry brown trout
Here camped in the timber right next to my favorite high lake in the Rawah Wilderness.
My first trip ever with my Big Agnes tent to Little Beaver Creek in the Commanche Peak Wilderness. I had never set it up before and a lightning storm threatned as I arrived to camp. I had only about 5 minutes to set up a strange tent. I got it set up in time to weather a small hail storm but as you can see, I did not get it tied down perfectly. But the tent is so strong not even this hail got any of the interior wet at all.
My car camping tent is an old REI Camp Dome 4 man tent. It's nothing fancy but has done the job since 1994 when I first moved West. I would estimate I've spent well over 200 nights in my Camp Dome. Pictured at Bear Lake campground just outside of the Flat Tops Wilderness.