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History of Gear Series: Evolution of Mountain Tents

Chase Anderson


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Don Jensen
Don Jensen and his Bombshelter tent

Gear historian, Bruce Johnson, shares the history and evolution of mountain tents from Civil War era "pup tents" to the North Face geodesics and beyond. Tents are a unique piece of gear as they fulfill one of the most basic human needs, shelter.

In this most recent conversation on the History of Gear Series, Johnson shares how gear makers and architects transformed the tent from rudimentary shelter to engineered marvels.

Watch the conversation on YouTube or listen on the Highlander Podcast.