I just bought the membership here this morning and this is my first real post. I've read the forums for quite some time. Just a bit about me ... my name is Chris Kayler and I grew up in Upstate NY roaming around the woods, but have just gotten into backpacking within the last couple years. Additionally, and probably most importantly in my life, I'm a freelance nature photographer. It's what I'm all about, and while I take many trips to just soak in nature without trying to get any pictures, the majority of my trips are to get me to out of the way places where I can photograph. I always go as light as I can, but much of the time it's because I'll be carrying 11 pounds of camera gear!
My website is at
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Anyways, onto my question. I'm currently researching winter shelters and am wondering what experiences you guys have with pyramids / hex / tipi style shelters in windy, exposed conditions. I've read the article on the Hex 3 where it withstood 50mph winds in an oncoming storm on an exposed shelf, but besides that, have't really seen much info regarding user experiences in the reald world. I know the MLD Trailstar is guesstimated by Ron to be good at 50mphish winds, but no such mention for the MLD Duomid. It seems that the small side panels + guylines + shorter height would be really good at shedding wind, yes?
Anyways, yeah, any info at all about your experiences with pyramid style shelters in high winds, both good and bad, would be greatly appreciated!!