Years ago, Philmont issued the official BSA canvas 10' X 10' trail tarp for a tent. It worked, but wasn't bug proof aqnd did not afford an enclosure which affords some extra protection from bears sort of like a Gardol shield of Colgate advertizing years ago.
Northern Tier on the other hand issued the officail BSA A frame tent called the Voyageur. What else would you call a tent designed by Northern Tier? The NT version had the optional netting, thank goodness!
The Eureka Timberline is a modern day copy cat of that tent. All the features plus more (sewn in floor, netting and its own poles) and it's lighter. You can cuss the Timberlines all you want, but they are the Timex of the tent world, "they take a lick ing and keep on ticking".
OK, why an A frame at Northern Tier.
First for rain shedding qualities. Nothing sheds rain better than a steep roof. Simple physics. It rains a lot at Northern Tier.......and at Philmont!
Second, the high peak allows heat buildup to rise away from the sleepers thus it's more comfortable on hot summer nights. Ever stick your hand up into the peak of a tent when you wake up? Hot up there isn't it? There is a 98.6 degree heat maker laying down in it.
I own and use all three sizes of Timberlines. A two person which is a tight two man backpacking tent. A 4 person which sleeps 3 comfortably and is lighter per person with three people than the two person and it sleeps four comfortably and five in a pin ch in the event that a tent in the group gets destroyed. Yes, it's crowded, yes it violates BSA sq ft requirements per boy and yes, it's a danged sight better than no tent at all.
The 6 person is a castle for four and not crowded at all with six, affords stand up and walk around room.
Best of all, they SHED RAIN like a tin roof even with the door half open on each end for ventilation.
With a couple of extra guy lines a hurricane can't blow them down.
Just for grabs, before I left town aka evacuated prior to Hurricane Rita and its 120 MPH winds, I put one of my 4 person Timberlines up in the front yard along with the extra guy lines I have designed and use religeously and it was still standing when I returned 9 days later ater the eye passed right over my house.
On a Timberline fly you will notice a loop of tape facing the center of the tent. Take a length of cord and tie it there and run it beside the tent and out a little from it so the cord won't touch the fly. Do the same on the other side and then on the opposite end of the tent.
What you end up with is an "X" on each side of the tent made up of four cords. It requires about 40 feet of parachute cord and four extra stakes for a 4 person tent model.
After I "invented" this set of extra guy lines, I read in Cliff Jacobsons book that he does the same thing on his Timberlines with the same results. HIs take on it is "a tent across the lake isn't a useful tent at all".
When your tent is the only one left standing the next morning, it makes two minutes extra work worth the effort.
I use Kelty Trip Tease lines on all my tents which affords better visibility when nature calls in the middle of the night. When hit with even a low light flashlight beam they glow like lasers in the dark. Prior to this addition, my tent lines wressled a many Scout and Scouter to the ground at night. I don't intend for them to be pulled out easily.
As far as tents to use at Philmont, if I had my own Timberlines, I'd take them, otherwise I'd use the PhilTents furnished. I would NOT buy a tent to take to Philmont. That is simply extravagant.
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