When you’re hauling loads of climbing gear above twenty thousand feet, shaving weight is of the utmost importance. Multipurpose gear gets loaded up before any creature comforts even cross a serious climber’s mind. (Seriously, ask them about having a piss bottle, and never, ever drink out of a Nalgene bottle that isn’t your own). The designers at Eddie Bauer and Goal Zero had this in mind when they teamed up on the new Power Katabatic Tent. Built with input from Peter Whittaker — he’s got 230+ Rainier summits and more than a few international expeditions as a guide and owner of RMI Expeditions under his belt — the Power Katabatic Tent expands upon the original version and incorporates everything you need in a four-season shelter.
The First Ascent team also made sure that it’s solar power ready (the panel is sold separately), so you can keep your satellite phone, headlamps and GPS units powered up while you’re away from civilization. At just over eight pounds, it’s not your typical backpacking tent, but if you need a backcountry hut to sleep in before your summit push on Denali or Aconcagua, you won’t find anything better. We break down this solar base camp above.