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Mountainsmith: Mountain Shelter LT

Weight: 2 lbs. 1 oz.

Material: Tarp: 40d Sil-Nylon Rip Stop , 7075 Aluminum V-Stakes

Capacity: 2 person

Dimensions: 142″ x 54″ x 84″ (360 x 137 x 213 cm)
Floor Area: 54 ft² / 5 m²

MSRP: $129.95

The Mountain Shelter LT from Mountainsmith is a great light weight minimalist shelter. Weighing in at just 1 lbs. 15.5 oz. (trail weight) and packing down to the size of your standard 32 oz. water bottle, the Mountain Shelter LT makes for a great warm weather shelter for those that like to pack light. This is your basic tarp style shelter with durable guy lines, anchor loops (for tent stakes), and reinforced support holders for trekking poles.

The Mountain Shelter LT is an all in one complete package shelter, starting with the packaging/stuff sack itself. I think Mountainsmith nailed this one by placing the basic set up directions on the stuff sack itself. I know this doesn’t seem like anything that amazing, but I really think it is. In doing so they demonstrated a great example of reducing waste and saving trees, versus paper directions that most users would likely throw away or lose over time anyway. Inside the stuff sack you will find the shelter body along with a smaller stuff sack containing 13 aluminum v-stakes.

The directions I found to be pretty easy to follow, possibly too easy… To erect the shelter you start by securely staking down all sides of the tarp body. Next you’ll line up your trekking poles to the visual diagram on the tarp body, showing you the exact height adjustments for your trekking poles (trekking poles not included). Simply lay your poles out for comparison on the guide printed on the tarp body and match them to the indicated pole length. Now unzip the Mountain Shelter LT’s door, crawl inside and prop the trekking poles to the reinforced nylon surface areas.

Now crawl back out to finalize the set up by staking down the guy lines. And just like that you are set up and out of the elements! A word to the wise is don’t over think this set up, it’s seriously that easy. Stake it down and prop it up.

I’ve slept very comfortably in the Mountain Shelter LT in picture perfect conditions, high winds, and below zero nights. It packs down small in your backpack and doesn’t take up much room, or add much weight to your pack. This is a great shelter for warm weather camping and a quick set up to get you out of the elements fast if needed. It easily fits two full grown adults, just make sure whomever you’re bunking with doesn’t roll around a lot and take out the trekking poles!



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