Application for Six Moon Designs Europa 2 Shelter
Please accept my application to test the Europa 2 Shelter by Six Moons
Design. I have read the requirements in the BGT survival Guide Ch 5
(v. 1202)on 29 Aug 03, and will comply with the all report
Name: Brian Tannehill
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
Weight: 175 lbs (79 kg)
Email address: bj@...
City, State, Country: Lompoc, Ca, 93437
Date: 15 Aug 2003
I am fairly new to backpacking, but I have hunted/fished all my life
in East Texas, and started camping/hunting/fly fishing the last 3
years in Colorado. The majority of the hunting in Colorado was done
from a well established basecamp, venturing out from there for the
day. Because of the young kids I have (2, 8, 10), I mostly do weekend
overnight camping trips, or day hikes Geocaching any where along the
central coast. I am also an avid Mountain Biker. My 2 oldest boys are
getting to the point where they can come out more hiking and camping
with me, and I am looking forward to this in the future. I now live in
the Central Coast area of California (Lompoc, Santa Maria area), and
am surrounded by many different areas from beaches to mountain regions
ranging up to 5000 feet (1500 m), with the temperatures averaging
about 60 F (16 C) degrees year round.
The locations of my test will be varied from the beaches located in
Central California, (Lompoc, Santa Maria area) to the National Forest
just east of here ranging up to 5000 feet (1500m). The middle of
September is when it is supposed to be the hottest here probably
staying in the range of 70 80 F (20 - 27 C) on a good day. Into
November and December it turns back into about 50 60 degrees F
(10 - 16C). On most days it is usually foggy or a marine layer during
the early morning and late evening, and ALWAYS windy.
I will initially test the shelter in my backyard, checking quality and
craftsmanship of materials. This area does not receive a lot of rain,
so I will test that aspect with the simulated rain shower (Water
Sprinkler). We do however have a heavy marine layer (Fog) that rolls
in everyday, and coats everything with dew and moisture, which will
thoroughly stress their advanced condensation management feature.
I will test it for durability in the wind at the beach, because it is
always windy there, enough so that on most days, you have to wear
something warm to the beach. Wind speed varies anywhere from 7
20 mph (11 32 kph)constant everyday. The web site says it can be
set up in two minutes, but it will be interesting to see how it does
in the strong wind.
I currently carry a single man Eureka Gossamer tent, which is very
packable and relatively light. However, I can not change clothes in it
unless I lie down, and then it is very difficult. It does fit me, a
dog and my gear. I would be interested in just how much room is inside
the Europa 2. I would like to know if two people could truly fit in
there without having to touch each other or becoming really good
friends while sleeping.
The weight is the biggest issue with this tent. Is it sturdy enough to
stand up to very rough hiking/backpacking and still be light enough to
carry for two people? The Gossamer weighs in at 46 oz (1304 grams) and
is only a single person tent. I am also interested in how small it
will pack down to. I am trying to go as light as possible with my
gear, and get all my gear in a medium sized ALICE pack. Currently I
have to strap my Gossamer to the outside, which in extreme
bushwhacking cases this could tear the tent, and the stuff sack it is
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I have no completed test, nor any test in progress as this would be
one of my first test.
Thank you for considering me for this test.