Our New Tent

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Like other REI co-op members, we received our annual dividend a few weeks ago. And like many of them, we promptly spent it.

Last year, we spent our dividend on backpacks for our [failed] Yosemite High Sierra Camp Trip.

Side Note: I saw that they started plowing the Tioga Road in Yosemite this week. Pretty sure that this High Sierra season will go off without a hitch. Just our luck   🙁

So what did we pick up this year?

Backpacking Tent

Since our first try at backpacking was foiled, we’re taking a new approach. We had the packs. Now we have the tent. We haven’t planned a specific trip yet, but we’ve discussed some easy trip options here in Wisconsin. I’ll keep you posted.

As for the tent, I had read good things about REI’s Half Dome tents, so we chose the REI Half Dome 2 Plus. With a husband measuring in at a height of 6’5″, the extra room of the Plus version wasn’t just for luxury, it’s a necessity.

Now that the major pieces of the backpacking puzzle are in place, it’s time to plan an actual trip. Of course, it will have to wait until we return from Yellowstone. That trip is approaching fast!

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4 thoughts on “Our New Tent

  1. Kam

    We have the passage 2 but my mister is not as tall as yours, haha! Nice purchase. I’m thinking of spending the rest of my dividend on a slackline. We think it will be a funny way to stay active while working in balance/core strength this summer 🙂

  2. iris

    We actually ended up buying a three person tent (the Marmot Limelight3), because then it can double as a car-camping tent, with a queen air mattress in it. It’s quite nice and doesn’t weigh a whole lot. But yeah, my boyfriend’s 6’2″ and I’m 5’11”, so I understand exactly how that “plus” can be so important 🙂

    You should really, really, REALLY go backpacking. It’s seriously not that daunting, if you keep yourself under 20 miles over 2-3 days. Just bring a bit of extra food and a first aid kit. Most places still have decent cell reception wherever you go, so real help is never too far away, if you need it. DO IT.

    1. Laura Post author

      I’m definitely pumped to go! There are a couple of options we’re considering in northern Wisconsin, close to civilization and close enough to home for a first trip. Honestly, I think my husband is more intimidated by this than I am. Oh, how the tables have turned 🙂


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