It took two dozen oxen to move Genghis Khan's personal tent, as seen in this illustration based upon the description in "Marco Polo's Travels."
Long Rider Comments
One of the basics for a trip
like ours is a very good tent. We had big faith in finding what we
wanted while we spent time in the USA before our trip, but that turned out
to be difficult. We finally bought a Coleman tent, and brought it
with us to Uruguay. It was a disaster. On our first test trip
we got rain. Not only outside the tent, but inside as well.
I have spent hundreds of nights in tents in Norway during both winter and
summer, so I contacted my family in Norway, and had them send my old well
proven Helsport Dovrefjell mountaineering tent. It is probably
between 15 and 20 years old, but we are very pleased with it. It
still stands up to tropical rain showers with heavy wind, and it takes us
less than 5 minutes to put it up. It has three rooms. The main
room is double, and where we sleep. On one side is a small room that
is exactly big enough for our riding- and pack-saddles, and on the other
side we have room for some equipment, and we also cook there if the
weather is too bad. It weighs about 3.5 kg.
Helsport Dovrefjell Mountaineering Tent
You may plan not to use a tent all too often - but remember, when you do, its because the chips are down so buy the best you can afford!!! I had a Fairydown 2 man dome tent, which let in not even the heaviest rain and stayed secure in incredibly high wind.
Tents and sleeping bags. In 1994 we threw away (well, left to be collected later) our tent almost immediately. It was too difficult to attach to the horse. We never missed it - people here in Romania are hospitable and the weather is generally good. I used a sleeping bag a bit, but could have managed with a blanket. Having a bedroll on the back of the saddle makes mounting harder than it need be.
My first tent not only sheltered me for 1,500 miles on my travels with Cacho, but also for 210 miles along the John Muir Trail and other adventures, so by the time I left with Shawnee I needed a new tent. I paid an extra $100 for a super lightweight tent that was one pound lighter than the next heavier model. I also upgraded my sleeping bag, always going with nylon because down will not keep you warm if it accidentally gets wet.
The tent we
used was superb, large enough to fit the 3 of us, very lightweight and
stood up well to having horses tied to it etc. Not cheap though +- £300
years ago - made by North
Face called the Bullfrog. We did not use pack saddles as we
carried all our gear on the horses.
Item of interest
This has not been tested by any Long Riders, but we believe it is worth investigating.
|The Eureka! solar tent absorbs sunlight by day so you can see at night. The bright LED gives a full eight hours of night-time illumination great for reading, treating your poison ivy, or sizing up your fellow campers for a Donner party-style midnight snack. This tent sleeps six, and the supports are made of ultra-light fiberglass.|
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