The Best Winter & Mountaineering Tents
Winter and mountaineering tents are for camping in snow, on glaciers and during expeditions. Unlike 3-season backpacking tents, these shelters are built to endure heavy winds, cold temperatures and substantial precipitation. In order to withstand gale force winds, mountaineering tents are usually long and low to the ground and feature sturdier poles. Snow and freezing temperatures cause less mesh to be used on the walls, waterproof fabric and seams, and a fly that reaches all the way to the ground so wind and snow can’t creep in. Some even include snow flaps to help hold the tent and fly in place. All of these features add weight, which is why a mountaineering tent would be rather hefty and overkill as a summer backpacking tent.