Tarptent – another Nevada City story

A while back I blogged about Home town news from Nevada City, and all the fun connections I’ve found.

One that I somehow forgot was the Tarptent story. It starts back in 2003, when Matt Strain did an email intro to another friend named Bob who was talking to this company called “Tarptent”. They make lightweight backpacking tents, and he knew I was into lightweight hiking, so he thought Bob & I should talk.

Then in 2005 a friend (Dave White) bought a tent from Tarptent:

Dave’s Tarptent

And he had a successful outing with it on the 2006 Sabrina/Evolution Romp (photos start here).

So this past summer I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a lightweight alternative to my bivvy sack, which isn’t so great in bad weather or bugs. I wound up getting the Rainbow, since I liked the free-standing design.

Rainbow Tarptent

It worked great on our Sierra High Route trip from Convict Lake to Cox Col/Dade Lake, where we met up with the Krugle climbing trip participants. Some photos here, a bunch more from Stefan are here.

But the funny thing was when I poked around the Tarptent web site, looking for a fast delivery option. I was leaving on a test hike in a few days (of course), so I needed it soon. Just for grins I clicked on the “Local pickup” option – imagine my surprise when I saw that the Tarptent corporate offices are located in Nevada City, about 4 miles from my house.

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3 Responses to Tarptent – another Nevada City story

  1. Carol White says:

    Pretty cool to see a picture of me and my tent here, but I can’t help but notice that Ken’s Rainbow is shown in all it’s glory while the photo of my Virga (replaced by the Contrail) doesn’t quite do it justice.

  2. kkrugler says:

    Give me a photo of a nice, tautly rigged tent and I’ll be glad to post it.

  3. kkrugler says:

    Give me a photo of a nice, tautly rigged tent and I’ll be glad to post it.

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