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victor larivee
(vlarivee) - MLife

Locale: white mountains
4 season tent with hole in floor?? on 01/04/2013 20:50:42 MST Print View

I just picked up an EMS tundra dome tent (3 person, 4 season) it's heavy alright but it was really cheap and I needed (always wanted) a 4 season tent. After I set it up I noticed that on one side of the floor on the inner tent there was ~12 diameter hole with material and a cinch line (like a stuff sack). I have no idea what this is used for. Any Clue??
4 season tent floor

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: 4 season tent with hole in floor?? on 01/04/2013 20:58:19 MST Print View

It's a cook hole.

Bruce Tolley
(btolley) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
4 season tent with hole in floor on 01/04/2013 20:59:14 MST Print View

During really big storms, use it for cooking.

During really big and long storms, if you forgot your relief bottle, as a latrine....you might want to also use your shovel.

You should look up the article Jon krakauer wrote about waiting out a storm in a snow cave on Denali.

victor larivee
(vlarivee) - MLife

Locale: white mountains
now i get it on 01/04/2013 21:09:51 MST Print View

Thanks I didn't know my new tent came with a kitchen

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: 4 season tent with hole in floor?? on 01/05/2013 04:14:23 MST Print View

Well, it could be used to put your stove on a base on the snow, that's true.
But I am willing to bet it is really a poo hole for (really) bad weather.

Cheers

Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
Re: 4 season tent with hole in floor?? on 01/05/2013 07:09:58 MST Print View

Ha! it's for the trolls to escape...

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: 4 season tent with hole in floor?? on 01/05/2013 08:54:43 MST Print View

It's a snow hatch. During a storm, you still need to melt snow for water, so this is the hatch to open up to the snow. I'll have to remember not to share a tent with Roger this way.

--B.G.--

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: 4 season tent with hole in floor?? on 01/05/2013 08:58:05 MST Print View

From backpacker.com

Exoskeleton frame allows fly to be setup first protecting tent from elements and increase structural strength of tent. Main tent body clips to underside of fly to ease setup and allows fly to be used without tent body in winter fast light assalts. DAC NSC Featherlight poles. Vestibules. Two doors. External Guyout System. Cook hole in floor that zips open.

Edited by annapurna on 01/05/2013 08:59:20 MST.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Ice fishing on 01/05/2013 08:59:56 MST Print View

It looks to me like it was designed for ice fishing, but also useful in ways others have stated.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: 4 season tent with hole in floor?? on 01/05/2013 12:59:33 MST Print View

> It's a snow hatch. During a storm, you still need to melt snow for water, so this is
> the hatch to open up to the snow.
Ah, but the EMS Tundra Dome has a small vestibule at the entry. Surely you would get your snow from in there?

Cheers

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: 4 season tent with hole in floor?? on 01/05/2013 17:50:45 MST Print View

I like all these answers. It can be multi-purpose! Just don't combine Roger's idea with Bob's.