Ekins on the Zhota

By Col

Back in 2011 Alex Ekins took one of our very first Zhota tents out on a trip to America.

This feedback is long overdue! Just over two years ago myself, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker when to America for two months for two months on the now famous Wideboyz off-width climbing tour and road trip. We needed a tent that would accommodate the 3 of us for 2 months in a variety of weather and terrain. We took a Zhota. When you get hold of a new tent you always try and pitch it before you go away for obvious reasons. We foolishly didn’t and so of course we ended up jet-lagged pitching it for the first time in the rain at 3am in the Wyoming wilds of Vedauwoo. But it was fine, it was quite easy. And so tentatively we piled into it wondering how we would fit and how we would cope with living in such close proximity to each other for 2 months. It was quite exciting discovering the various pockets and we settled down nicely with plenty of space, the only down side being Pete’s ridiculously broad Alpkit Wideboy mat which enabled him to claim more than his fair share of space and Tom’s dangerous bag of dirty socks and pants.

As the trip continued we subjected the tent to all sorts of abuses: It was harassed by a moose in Vedauwoo, it was anchored by one guyline to a bush in Canyonlands the night before the first ascent of Century Crack and then worst of all we left it untethered and unpegged in the desert above Moab and the whole thing and its contents blew away while we were out climbing. We were quite upset, it really had just disappeared into the desert. So we looked and we looked and we looked and then we found it about a kilometre away, upside down stuck in a tree. It was still intact, the flysheet still attached. There were some small rips in the flysheet which we easily repaired. So to conclude I think it is the best tent I have ever used and I have used quite a few.