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hikerdmb
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12/15/2012
hikerdmb
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Went out last weekend to the lower part of Harper Canyon. No big hike, no big adventure... just a nice relaxing campfire, a couple of beers, lots of stars and satellites, and a short walk around the washes below Harper Canyon. I did however, get to use my new backpacking tent for the first time. I got the 2 man Big Agnes Copper Spur (anniversary gift, my wife is awesome). It is a mansion compared with my old one man Eureka Aurora tent which was almost impossible to sit up in. The new one weighs a little over 3 pounds, nothing compared to the weight of the Aurora which was almost double that. Can't wait to load the new tent in my pack.
Here is the new tent looking out toward East Borrego Butte and the Salton Sea.


Here is the new tent from the end. You can also see the washer tub fire ring and the Santa Rosa Mountains in the distance.


Looking up toward the mouth of Harper Canyon. I did the hike from here up to Harper Flat last year and highly recommend it. That TR is on this forum if you want to see some pics from up in the canyon.


I am keeping the old Aurora tent though. It has been my solo backpacking tent for about 15 years and it is still solid as a rock in high winds and rain. It has been on ski trips and backpacking trips all over the Sierra and desert southwest and has never leaked or let me down.

Here is the old Aurora tent from Lake 11,200' looking up the north side of Glen Pass in the Sierra. I took this pic on day 4 of a 5 day solo trip last June into Sixty Lake Basin (Onion Valley - Kearsarge Pass - Glen Pass - Rae Lakes - Sixty Lake Basin and back) mostly in Kings Canyon NP.


Besides the weight savings with the new tent the best part is it is a 2 man tent so Wylie and I don't have to cram in like this anymore.

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rockhopper
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12/15/2012
rockhopper
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Glad your enjoying your new tent. I went double wide a few life times ago. Bringing back memories of plastic tube tents and the rain in the Sierras with the water rising. Here is my junk, a 30 year old north face tent. My brother in the back ground had epic view spot of the lake. But hey, what are big brothers for! Anyway cheers to the new tent and many more expeditions.


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dsefcik
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12/15/2012
dsefcik
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Nice David, looks like Wylie got the upgrade...not you....wink

I bought a solo tent 2 years ago and it is still in my truck...unused....my bivy and new Bughut Pro from REI seem to be working well but I am a fair weather camper.



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anutami
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12/15/2012
anutami
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Looks like we have the same dog and the same tent!

I went with the Big Agnes Copper Spur 4 and couldn't be happier. 5lb 4 man tent! The only bummer is the price...(it was last years xmas present)

Here is that sweet campsite on top of whale peak!



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ziphius
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12/17/2012
ziphius
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Harper Canyon looks like a nice spot, never been there. I'm a Big Agnes user too:


edited by ziphius on 12/17/2012

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