Minimalists Shelters are Great for the Family too! I have
a family of five with kids ages 6, 8, and 10. Since I was
young I've spent springs, summers, and falls paddling in the
Boundary Waters and Quetico and have always enjoyed a light
and fast tripping style. This allows me to log as many miles
and see as much country as possible. As a family we've been
tripping in the Boundary Waters for a couple of years now.
To provide accommodations for five I began packing two lightweight
backpacking tents (one two person and one three person) for
a total of 11 lb 9 oz. Not only was this pretty heavy it forced
the family into two structures, neither of which had a lot
of room to spare, and made double portaging a guarantee. This
year we left the tents behind and used the Lean3Plus at ~4lbs
- what a dream! Weight was reduced by more than half, the
reduction in bulk was even better, the family could sleep
in a single structure, and we didn't double portage once!
The first night we used it my 10 year old daughter and I set
up the Lean3 in a mad rush to beat what turned out to be a
torrential downpour with high winds. A very hastily setup
structure withstood both wind and rain! The Lean3Plus has
become a staple piece of gear for my family.