Greetings, I've been reading through posts and wanted to say thanks to those involved in making this a great place. (Liked it enough to be a paying subscriber.)
Anyway, the real reason for the post...
I'm currently in the midst of getting back to backpacking. I started in about 1994, but fell out of it after 2000. I still have all my old equipment. However, as could be expected, it's quite heavy compared to today's standards. Currently I'm focused on my big 3.
My current backpacking shelter is an old Walrus Arch Rival (5+lbs.) It's a great little tent that has served me well, but it's very heavy for a 1 man.
I'm located in Minnesota, and enjoy the colder weather. I occasionally go camping during November-February, and would like to avoid purchasing multiple shelters if possible. (That said, I have a Big Agnes Big House 4 season 3 man. If it's cold enough, I'll just camp as opposed to backpacking and use it.) So, I'm looking for a 3+ season shelter. I've looked at various tarps and bivies and not sure I'm ready to go that route. Many of the tarp tents look very open air, and I'm concerned about having a draft in low temperatures. Also, I like having a complete enclosure around me. Likewise, one of the main reasons for getting back to backpacking is my love of landscape photography. I feel more comfortable with my pack and expensive camera gear in my tent rather than hanging from a tree as would be required with a bivy.
With those requirements does anyone have any recommendations?
Then, sleeping bags... I currently use a Therm-A-Rest 0 degree bag (4lbs) for everything but would like to add a lightweight 3 season bag. Any recommendations for a Minnesota 3 season bag? I like my down bags, but don't think I've ever used anything else.
Thanks for the help!