Appalachian Trail

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 mtnGLO

I bought my tent for my AT thru hike about a week ago.  It is a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 with mtnGLO technology.  I was going to wait until it got closer to my trip, but I am trying to save money wherever I can.  I found it on Amazon on sale for only $359 (normal retail is $479), plus I had a $50 gift card.  It wound up being a $170 savings overall.

I went with this particular tent because both of the people in the blogs I have been following use it and the thru hiker gear list on, recommend it too.  The main difference between mine and all of theirs, is the color and that I have the little lights on the inside.  It is listed as a two person tent.  The solo hiker I follow, has been using it for the additional space for her gear and a couple I follow, have been using the 3 person, again for the same reason.  I would like my pack to be inside with me (except for my food), plus for now, my husband and I can enjoy it too.  The tent itself is classified as a ultra light tent and weighs in at under 4 pounds.  It won the 2015 Editors Choice Award from Backpacker magazine as well.   I opted for the mtnGLO because the prices and weight difference were so minimal that I thought it would be a nice little touch that could come in handy.

The mtnGLO adds a small strip of LED lights to the inner frame of the tent and can be turned on and off from a small switch that hangs above you.  I know I plan on reading/blogging in the evenings when it is too early to sleep but too late to keep hiking.  This way I won’t have to use a headlamp or flashlight and it might come in handy for the middle of the night bathroom needs as well.  In away those little LEDs will probably also provide a small sense of security too.

It has been rainy here last week, so I haven’t had a chance to open it up and set it up yet.  Today I was better; just overcast and breezy.  So I went out to the common grounds in front of our condo and attempted to set her up!  First attempt was a fail!  I got everything out, but had no idea how exactly the polls were to fit into the grommets at the conners.  I was afraid it was going to be too taunt and rip or bend something.  So back inside and onto YouTube I went!  I found this video and it was very helpful!  I figured out that it was ok if the polls “bend” a little and that they wouldn’t break or tear anything.

Back outside for attempt number two.  It was a success!  The breeze was a pain because it wanted to throw the tent body and rainfly everywhere, but overall it was really easy.  Since this was just a trial run, I didn’t stake anything down (that’s why the rainfly looks saggy).  I was pretty proud of myself and excited to see my future home standing up!  I forgot to test the LED lights but could see the little switch to turn them on and off hanging from above.  Once I officially camp in my tent I will make sure to take some day and night pictures of it as well.


This is how it comes all packed up


Everything out of main bag and instructions are on the inside flap


Instructions (still needed to watch a video because I am a visual learner!)


Polls, stakes, and tent body


Everything spread out and polls put together

Tent without rainfly

Tent with saggy rainfly (not staked down)


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