cant attract advertisers if you arent trying to sell those $$$$ tents ... snow caves bring in no money ... and those cuben tarp makers dont advertise with you ... of course if i could find an excuse to hop into a tent with a college gurl, id rip my tarp in two with my teeth (blame it on a bear)
note the pimping of titanium utensils ... gotta love backpacker ...
We used a tent on that Winds trip, unlike my first traverse of the grand range, when I took a tarp. At that time, backpackers were all bragging about the beauty of the tarp. The first night, I draped it over a boulder and spent an hour lining the edges with rocks, and I was still eaten alive by mosquitoes. By morning, my entire body was covered with itchy, red bumps.
The second night, I used my trekking poles to hold up the tarp. It started pouring at dusk and didn’t stop until dawn. By midnight, there was a slurry of sleet running beneath my sleeping bag. I only kept from dying of hypothermia by viciously scratching my mosquito bites.
The third night, the wind was so strong that the tarp flapped itself to death: It tore in two and was quickly shredded. Thank God! I bummed a bunk from a pigtailed college girl who’d been smart enough to bring a tent. 
Take-away: Tarps work perfectly when you don’t need any shelter. Get a sub-five-pound, two-person, double-wall tent and rejoice. (Also worth noting: Two bivy sacks are the same weight as a tent, and waterproof/breathable tents don’t work in warm rain.) And while I’m on the subject of shelters: Unless you’re building a basecamp, snow caves are nonsense. 
Disease is often spread by unclean hands handling unclean cutlery and dishware , so I carry my own large titanium cup with lid, and titanium spoon (plastic is pointless; it breaks and melts).