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Time-Tested Gear: Tents

A-frames, domes, party tents–we've tested them all.
november 2011 tents TNF VE-25 445x260The North Face VE-25 (Courtesy Photo)

Field Notes
“Always stake down even a freestanding tent! In the early 1990s, some BACKPACKER testers were drying a (pricy!) mountain tent on a Peruvian glacier, when a capricious gust cartwheeled it away and over a 1,500-foot cliff. Adios! Days later, they came across some campesinos with the tent strapped onto a burro, and they didn’t have the heart to ask for it back.”
—Dave Getchell, Gear Editor, 1988-1994

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