Arctic Survival – Tents

Hilleberg tent pitchd in Arctic conditions

Hilleberg tent pitchd in Arctic conditions

Tents for the Arctic should be very easy to set up (bear in mind you will be wearing bulky gloves), should be able to cope with heavy winds, offer good insulation, and have a secure vestibule.

Hilleberg has designed tents specifically for Polar expeditions.  These semi-freestanding tents are probably the easiest tents on the market to erect and are extremely strong.  The one drawback is they do need anchor points which can create difficulties in a few conditions.  In ice or snow you can drive ice screws or skis for anchors.  In Siberia, before the snows fell and the ground was frozen rock hard, we could not drive pegs into the ground and needed to scavenge boulders to erect our Hilleberg tents.

Your tent should be double walled to provide better insulation and should have adequate room to keep from being pressed against the walls where frost crystals will form.