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Old 06-10-2014, 05:35 AM
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Big Agnes Scout series - lots of stakes?

I'm looking at the Big Agnes Scout Plus UL2 and Super Scout UL2. Great tents, of course, but I had a few questions for those who may have used them.

They seem to have a lot of stake points. Does this ever become an issue in rocky areas, or limited space areas? And, if you have used the Super Scout, do you ever feel limited in finding enough space to pitch it? It's got a big footprint, but I like the huge vestibule it has, particularly if it were raining.

Any thoughts on this nice tent series?
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:40 PM
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I've been a fan of Big Agnes tents for a while. I've been planning to post some information about the Scout series models, but I've had a couple of unexpected setbacks in my plans.

For now, I will say that you do not have to use all of the stakes - depending on your circumstances, weather, location, etc.

As with other shelters, there are ways to work around rocky areas and such - this would not be limited to the Scout series tents.

As you've noted, the Super Scout requires more ground space. That's just how it goes with that one. Many wilderness areas, with designated campsites, tend to have ample space - but this is a generalization.

I've attached a photo of my Scout UL2 that I pitched earlier this year.

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Old 06-10-2014, 11:14 PM
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I don't have any Big Agnes tents, but all my non-feestanding tents and tarps have similar issues.

I agree you don't have to use all the tie-outs. Usually, the heavier the wind and weather, the more tie-outs you will want to use. I don't think tent designers mean for all the tie-outs to be needed on most trips.

If an area is really rocky, I give up on stakes altogether. I take extra cord, and make extensions for my corner tie-outs, and tie each extension to a heavy rock. Then I pile more rocks on top of that. A small cairn in every corner. By the time I'm done, it takes a lot of wind to move my tent corners.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:36 PM
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The most guy line connections I've used on one tent was 16 during a storm.

The least I've used has been zero - when using a freestanding tent (weighted with my on-hand gear - in no wind).

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