Our Tent progression & New Grrl sleeping bags ;-)

Seems like every year we get a new tent.  In 2010 we bought one-off eBay a Sierra Design.  Summer 2011 we decided we need more space and got a MSR Mutha Hubba

That was great and kept us dry in Alaska but not enough protection from the cold. Too much mesh.  This year we have a Big Agnes Gore Pass 3 Tent.  Which is no longer being made but they have models just like this one…

Ours is more copper colour.  Since being discontinued hard to find great pics and we have not camped in ours yet.  We like the side doors versus the end doors.  We found last summer that it would have been more convenient to have side entries so Leslie could sneak out easier since she wakes up way tooooooooo early in the morning.  So, we will see how this set up works in July.

Gore Pass 3

Manufacturer: Big Agnes

Product Details:
Product Year 2009
Shape: dome/hoop
Freestanding: 1
Single Wall:  
Capacity: 3
Number of Poles: 1
Pole Material: high-strength aluminum
Diameter of Poles (mm):  
Floor Space (square feet): 44
Tarp: 1
Layout: rectangular
Length (inches): 90
Width (inches): 70
Nonstandard Shape:  
Interior Height (inches): 42
Vestibule Type: standard
Vestibule Front Area (square feet): 15
Vestibule Back Area (square feet): 15
Weight (lbs, oz): 6,10

-Double door double vestibule-one vestibule may be staked out as a shade using trekking poles -4 mesh pockets included -Reflective guyline and reflective webbing on tent corners for nightime visibility -All seams taped with watrproof, solvent-free polyurethane (No PVC or VOCs)tape -Superlight aluminum stakes included -Gear loft loops included: Big Agnes gear loft sold separately -Footprint sold separately -Color: Terra Cotta and Cool Gray -Essentially same tent as Slide Mountain SL3 without BOA lacing reels -DAC Combination lightweight pole system-featuring eco-friendly anodizing. DAC poles are super light and strong with press fit connectors, and lightweight hubs. -All DAC poles made from TH72M aluminum:the latest technology in lightweight tent poles featuring improved durability. -Fly is lightweight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a waterproof polyurethane coating -Floor is a lightweight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a waterproof polyurethane coating -Tent body is lightweight nylon and polyester mesh -Mesh body offers excellent ventilation -Singlehub/pole design with 2 cross over poles makes set up easy -Plastic clips attach tent body to the pole frame for quick and easy set-up

We also got better sleeping bags.  Big Anges Roxy Ann for females and yes ladies sleeping in a bag for gals is way more comfortable if you have hips.  We LOVE them!

So, as we get deeper into this obsession of ours, we are trying to get better gear all around.  So, we will test out this set up in the HEAT of Idaho in July and see if our bags can keep us cool too.  I will document this 15 day trip of ours.  Seems so short compared to the 44 day we did last summer.  Next summer after my job settles down we will eventually be able to take longer trips once again.  Just growing pains for now.  More about the gear we use later….


  1. Kelsow says:

    I love me some tents.
    I bought this last year and have only had a chance to use it once,
    So far I love it. The only downside is it needs to be pegged in to work.
    However, in all my years of camping, I have never needed a free standing tent so I should be good.

    • advgrrls says:

      nice tent you got there…just looked up the three man version…not cheap but what is these days? How do you find the weight? The three man is over 11 pounds versus 6 lbs 10 oz for the BA Gore.

      • Kelsow says:

        Yes, it’s heavy as far as tent’s go but I was tired of being cold and drafty.
        I also wanted a huge vestibule with 2 doors.
        It was much cheaper than my Marmot I have and seems to be just as
        well built.

      • advgrrls says:

        I love that Vestibule on that tent

  2. Don Plummer says:

    I have had the same 3 tents for years. My first bike tent was one-o-them really cool bivy tents. It said 2 man but you would have to be REALLY good friends. Not much room for gear and trying to squirm in and out of your close like a worm is just annoying.
    A Gander Mountain 3 man dome is the only one I actually use anymore.
    The 8 man, 2 room behemoth I only used once. NOT bike friendly.
    I had no idea there were gender specific sleeping bags.

    • advgrrls says:

      Oh yeah female made bags rock. No more trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. More room mid section for we grrl hips! Make sense eh?

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