Why I Love my Eureka Tent

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

One reason I love my Eureka Midori 2

My first experience as a group leader was mid June of 2019. I decided to take a group of 6 people, most of whom had never put on a pack, much less hiked, to camp overnight on a 6,000 foot mountain.

My learning curve as a group leader became a near vertical line following this trip.

Our ascent from the parking lot to the top of Black Balsam Knob was only a few hundred feet, and it was a beautiful day. Some clouds, but plenty of sun. We arrived to breathtaking panoramic views. If you have not been to Black Balsam Knob in the Pisgah National Forest, I highly recommend you visit.

At the top we were greeted with a brief rain shower. Just after we donned our pack covers and ponchos the rain ended. Dinner was enjoyed beneath clear blue skies and a setting sun. There was a slightly uncomfortable breeze. We found a place to camp just to the leeward side.

My Eureka Midori 2 at Black Balsam Knob. This was the literal calm before the storm.

Around midnight the wind direction changed. Then it began to rain. Then the winds really kicked up. We had camped on top of a mountain bald.

The wind blew so hard that my tent poles were slammed into my head from wind gusts. Rain was driven against the walls of my tent.

Good morning! So much for the beautiful sunrise we had hoped for...

I stayed dry. My tent remained intact and staked to the ground.

This is why I’m keeping my Eureka Midori 2 until my Hyke & Byke Zion 2P proves it’s metal.

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