/ Ridge Raider as summer alpine basecamp tent

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Red Rover - on 11 Mar 2013
I'm spending 25 days in the mountains in Montenegro this summer on a caving expedition. The base camp will be in a very remote spot and we have an absolute ton of gear to carry up so everything has to be as light weight as possible. Could I get away with using the rab ridge raider as a basecamp tent or will I be miserable? During the night it will get to around zero and occasionally it pours down in true alpine syle, am I pushing it a bit with a single skinned but hooped bivvy shelter?

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coolhand - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Red Rover:
You could take a fairly roomy tent for the same weight.
Red Rover - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to coolhand: Which tent? If I can afford it that would be great. I thought the ridge raider was really light.
andrew breckill - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Red Rover: Long time to spend in a shelter you can only lie in. 1100 grams is your weight to match/beat with a tent. I just bought the cheaper version of this http://www.terra-nova.co.uk/tents-and-spares/all-tents/zephyros-1-lite-tent/ its got enough room for me to sit up in, a porch big enough to cook in (with care) and if looks to be a wind shedding shape for and windy conditions. The terra nova version whist a lot of money is even lighter, although it has a smaller porch which will be a disadvantage in the wet.
Red Rover - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Red Rover: Thanks that tent looks good. Whats the cheaper version that you got? Made a typo in the OP its 15 days not 25.
Red Rover - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Red Rover: What do people think of this as a compromise? Seems almost a tent, a bit expensive though.

http://www.rockrun.com/products/Rab-Ridge-Master.html
Red Rover - on 11 Mar 2013
andrew breckill - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Red Rover: its the standard weight one, same company, got it from cotswolds for 100. I am off to the lakes today so will camp out at either stickle tarn if lazy or angle tarn if feeling like a bit of a trek.
scott titt - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Red Rover:
I think your life will be miserable in a bivvy for that long. I would buy something like this and hump the extra kilo http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9026542.htm
for 27, give the bags and mats to a street sleeper and you have a tent that weighs 2.2kg with room to sit up and read during those long rainy evenings.
Red Rover - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to scott titt: Yes I think it would be unpleasent in such a small tube for so long, I assumed there were no affordable tents of a similar weight but there are.
winhill - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Red Rover:

15 days isn't as bad as 25 and it depends where else you have available to go, for cooking, when it's raining etc.

But I'd think about a tarp to offer a bit more protection, storage space, somewhere to sit when it's raining, cooking, etc.
andrew breckill - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to winhill: With a tarp you can get away with a very simple bivvy, I have a snugpak bivi bag with a sltarp 1 for fast and light (reality slow and light), make for a very good rain shelter for getting in and out of bag and for cooking under.
example here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/brek/8548646104/in/photostream/

Not sure I'd like a multiday trip like this though.
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coolhand - on 11 Mar 2013
In reply to Red Rover:

I'd take either a Laser Comp or a Power Lizard. Bigger footprint than a bivi mind, but same weight or less than the Rab bivi.

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