Yes, it needs to be simple. I need to be able to set it up in a wind storm on river ice with my mitts on at -40 F - while my brain is saying, huh?
Ok, here is what I have thought about since my first rambling. KISS rules apply here.
* I will be pulling a sled, so the poles can be full length or one break at the most. Why break them down at all if the sled is long enough? (hope I can find a source)
* A three pole design (peace sign brother) that opens and closes like an umbrella. Webbing along the bottom will lock the shape, a small pull down shelf a foot from the top will stabilize the mid section, and the top will be connected by tubular webbing sewn together that the poles fit into. add the skin and stake out the other 3 corners. Stakes on ice - looking at ice shelter anchors for fishing.
Bring it on, I need more ideas !!