Here, Snugpak Brand Ambassador Perry McGee from the UK’s National Tracking School explains why the Snugpak Stratosphere tent is so ideal for helping him to search for and photograph wolves in the wild:
“Without a doubt, having the right kit with you in the outdoors is essential and it can be the difference between success and failure,” says Perry. “Before embarking on any adventure, detailed planning and preparation is always key. So, for me, it simply had to be the ingenious Snugpak olive green and black Stratosphere tent, along with its counterpart, the sturdy and lightweight green Jungle Hammock. We nearly always carry both of these products, especially when searching for wildlife.
“I’ll begin with those all-important technical details. The entire Stratosphere kit has been uniquely designed and cleverly packed into a sturdy and sealable stuff bag. It forms a lightweight (1130 gm), single person mini tent. The design is similar to an Australian bivouac bag and has an upper section manufactured from 50D Nylon Rip stop (5000m HH) with a breathable 5000g/m2 moisture permeability. The lower section (bottom half), is also sturdy and is manufactured from durable 70D Nylon Taffeta with a PU coating (8000mm HH).
“Its third – and most ingenious section – is the framed hooded area where your upper body fits. In our case, it’s mainly used as a viewing area or for storing photographic equipment. It’s supported by poles, inserted through sleeves on the outside at four separate anchorage points. The poles are sturdy 8.5 mm aluminium with a screw locking tip and the tent is also supplied with a bag of alloy pegs.
“It’s easy to get into the Stratosphere too, with zips which work in the cold and rain – all the seams and zips are either covered, sealed or they have Velcro fastenings. Inside, there is a useful small zipped netted bag and fine insect protection netting, allowing air circulation beneath the outer canopy and a useable adjustable flap that can be fastened open or closed.
“It is quick and easy to erect and can be rolled up and slotted into the side pouch of a Snugpak rucksack or backpack. It can also be carried as a roll or attached to a tracking pack or belt kit. As an example of how easy it is to use, our candidates on the National Tracking Schools advanced course are required to learn how to unpack and erect it blindfold and without noise!
“Snugpak kit regularly features as ‘essential equipment to consider’ in our training or tracking. Not only is it ideal for providing protective shelter from the elements, but the equipment’s robustness, weight and adaptability makes for ideal temporary observation hides for humans or equipment.
“At the National Tracking School, we train people how to track others in all manner of different terrains. Invariably, this involves quite a lot of travel and being able to use Snugpak’s reliable kit helps. Simply put, Snugpak have become fundamental to what we do, as their kit offers an instant source of protection, which can be quickly deployed. Snugpak’s renowned durability enables us to safely search further, venturing deeper into the wilderness – and on occasion, this allows us to search further and sometimes for rare or dangerous species.”
In Perry’s next post, we’ll hear more about how he adapted the Stratosphere and Jungle Hammock to help him on a recent expedition to track one of Europe’s most dangerous wild animals.
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