Working on a Big Tent Project.
Want a tent big enough to park a bike in as well as sleep in and stand up in. My inspiration are some of the early arctic exploration pyramid tents, and an old Sierra Designs model from the 70's
already own a Black diamond Betamid, a 2.2 pound nylon tarp shelter. Looks like a mini circus tent. Added a couple of BD megamid poles, about 6 foot 6 tall folding aluminum poles. My plan is to add nylon tent walls to the Betamid, extending its 44 inches by about 3 feet. This will make it tall enough to stand in. Bike parking wil be no problem.
This won't be an inscetless tent, but for sleeping conditions like that, i'll have a bug net or other accomodation. This tent will be put more into use during off season blitzkreigs and ski&bike touring trips this spring.
With cool but dry weather and a day off work, I headed down to the park to set up the Betamid and get it measured for the nylon tent walls. I then went and bought nylon at the outdoor fabric store, I'll be cutting and sewing it up over the next couple of weeks.
Here's some photos of the Betamid deployed without the side walls at the heigth it will be pitched, and a couple photos of the inside with a view as to the spaciousness. The vent hole at the top of the tarp is a custom addition I added a few years ago.
I'll post some more photos to this after I get the side walls sewn up.