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Old 02-23-2023, 07:19 PM
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Thanks for asking this question Figs. You've just locked in a week of perfect weather for Osh 2023.
As a vendor standing outside all day your post is most appreciated!


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Old 02-24-2023, 07:52 AM
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Figs,

We have two tents these days. Which one we bring depends on whether we drive or fly. The first is a Big Agnes that accommodates full size folding cots. The second is a bit smaller, but accommodates lightweight cots. We put Thermarest pads on top of the cots. Having a cot makes it much easier to get dressed even if you don't have standing room.
My wife and I switched to cots with pads on top a couple years ago and will never go back to an air mattress on the ground. You can sit normally to read or put on your shoes and you get storage space under the cot for your bags. Plus I don't wake up in the middle of the night with my butt on the ground because it has a slow leak...
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Old 02-24-2023, 07:58 AM
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Whatever you do don't do what we did-- 2 years ago we opted to drop tent camping and try renting a travel trailer and have it delivered to the camp site -- you do this and you won't go back to tent camping if you go with your spouse--EVER. You've been warned.....
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Old 02-24-2023, 08:26 AM
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Whatever you do don't do what we did-- 2 years ago we opted to drop tent camping and try renting a travel trailer and have it delivered to the camp site -- you do this and you won't go back to tent camping if you go with your spouse--EVER. You've been warned.....
Totally understand, my spouse's approach to pitching a tent is to pitch it into the trash can and check into the Hyatt
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Bibler I-tent or the MSR.

My Bibler I-tent has been on many expeditions in Nepal, India, and Alaska. Has taken a lot of abuse with high winds and hanging stoves, cooking inside. Has kept the snow and water out. Easy to set-up.
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Old 02-24-2023, 09:22 AM
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Whatever you do don't do what we did-- 2 years ago we opted to drop tent camping and try renting a travel trailer and have it delivered to the camp site -- you do this and you won't go back to tent camping if you go with your spouse--EVER. You've been warned.....
There are some of us volunteers that are in Camp Scholler but have been where they are for decades. Most of the rest of us 'essential' volunteers are camping on-field as we need to be available. And, of course, parking a camper on the field is not permitted. Camp Cabela is home to many of us for the two weeks we are there.

Reading the above posts about SOs makes me so appreciative of who I hang around with. NOT to take away from those that don't like to camp! It is an acquired skill! She was camping on-field when we met and has been camping with me for the past decade or so. Neither rain nor shine nor gloom of night..... She is also a pilot, by the way. Is that rubbing it in.....?

We also camp in a tent in the FOREST when we go on vacation or for Birthdays. And never in a "campground". I guess it is what one is used to doing.... 'Pitching a tent into the dumpster' cracked me up!
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Old 02-24-2023, 09:33 AM
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After 3 Oshkosh storms in the last 3 years my Kelty tent gave up the ghost for good last year and was retired to the dumpster after a short service

It is now time to find a replacement for this years event. The Kelty was a trail Ridge 6 which is a great tent that you can stand up in, but its size (height) was a problem with the straight winds we have seen at Osh in recent years and the aluminum poles just bent and the rain tended to drive up under the flysheet.

As I am too old to be rolling around on the floor trying to get my jeans on in the morning in a pup tent, I am looking for some suggestions/recommendations for a decent size tent (I am 6' 3") that is robust enough to withstand the typical Osh annual storm. The Kelty weighed 18lbs which was not bad.

Before someone suggests the dorms etc. I enjoy the camaraderie of my flying buddies and fellow campers and cooking out in the pavilion.

Appreciate any inputs.
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Old 02-24-2023, 09:36 AM
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Our Cabelas Alaska Guide tent has weathered everything Mother Nature can throw at it in the North 40, for years. It is not in-expensive but it handles the weather and you will be dry.
And it only weighs 41 1/2 pounds.

Does look like it would do the job, though, and might even assemble relatively easily.

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Old 02-24-2023, 09:43 AM
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There are some of us volunteers that are in Camp Scholler but have been where they are for decades. Most of the rest of us 'essential' volunteers are camping on-field as we need to be available. And, of course, parking a camper on the field is not permitted. Camp Cabela is home to many of us for the two weeks we are there.

Reading the above posts about SOs makes me so appreciative of who I hang around with. NOT to take away from those that don't like to camp! It is an acquired skill! She was camping on-field when we met and has been camping with me for the past decade or so. Neither rain nor shine nor gloom of night..... She is also a pilot, by the way. Is that rubbing it in.....?

We also camp in a tent in the FOREST when we go on vacation or for Birthdays. And never in a "campground". I guess it is what one is used to doing.... 'Pitching a tent into the dumpster' cracked me up!
I get it, but my post was tongue in cheek. I'm just as guilty as my wife in enjoying going the trailer route, maybe even more so. Our first 7 trips to Osh we camped (2 in Scholler and 5 in HBC with the plane). In 2020 we stayed at the Hilton because there was no show and we could. In 2021 and 2022 we switched to the trailer over in Sleepy Hollow because a large group of our friends where there and we worked that connection to get a site. We both camped growing up and camped with our kids as both were in Scouts. Now as empty nesters and starting to feel our age, comfort is now become a priority, but that admittedly comes at a cost. We still have all of our gear so camping is always an option, just not at the top of the list.
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Old 02-24-2023, 09:44 AM
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When we airplane camp, we use a Big Agnus tent. Light-weight but not what I would consider an "all-weather tent". They do have a variety of tents to chose from.

For OSH, since we are there for an extended period of time, those of us from Colorado have a van we pack things in, including the heavier Cabela tents. Some of us who are there year after year also rent a storage place to pack things in that gets pretty full. One can always have things shipped. If you are in the Vintage area, having things shipped to the Vintage Red Barn is an option. I'll bet Custom has somewhere one can ship things....like heavy tents....
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