Gear ~ Ultralight Shelters

Sleeping in the Great Outdoors

I don’t tend toward camp when walking through Europe, but a fair number of people do. There are quite a few campsites (campings) along some of the GR trails (sentiers), and having your own shelter may be essential in the alpine regions. On the great American wilderness trails, some sort of shelter system is required gear.

For those of our friends who are seeking their own roof over their heads, here’s a nice, consolidated, alphabetical list of ultralight tarps, tents, and lightweight backpacking shelters. Please note – the links on this page generally lead to some of the lightest products available from the sources listed. You’ll find many other choices on those websites if you sniff around. Let us know if you have a favorite suggestion…


Big Agnes

Black Diamond



Gossamer Gear


Integral Designs

LightHeart Gear™



Mountain Hardware

MSR has a “Fast and Light” series of tents. They also have an excellent FAQ page, which has useful information about tents in general.

North Face

REI sells a few minimalist shelters under its own brand name, but of course is a major retailer of many other brands.


Warbonnet Outdoors


Make Your Own Plans & Patterns

Bilgy Tarp Tent

Henry’s Tarptent

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