UltaMid 2 Basecamp Logistics?
New UltaMid2 user here; looking forward to putting it through its paces this year!
Currently planning to use the lashed-together trekking pole set-up for the UM2 (I've also got the full-insert I'll use as needed). My question is this:
I do a lot of mountain climbing and lighter mountaineering; sometimes I use trekking poles for the ascent/descent of the peak(s) while I'm out in the backcountry. If I've got the UM2 set up as a base camp so that I have a ready-to-go tent as soon as I get back from a long day of climbing, what's the best way to keep the tent set up as much as possible while I'm away using one or more trekking poles for the climb (and, therefore, not for the UM2 set-up)?
I know I could get a dedicated center pole and carry that along with a 0.5 lb (or so) weight penalty, but I'm trying to see if there's a way around that alternative.
I imagine I could just remove the two trekking poles from the UM2 (with it all staked down and in place) and go hiking and then just put the trekking poles back together and raise the tent when I got back (though I wonder if it rained while I was out and about away from camp if my tent would be in a bad way when I got back.
Alternately, if I left one trekking pole in the tent and took the other one with me, could I leave the UM2 "sort of" set up with it pitched just a bit shorter than normal? I imagine in this scenario I'd have to tighten the guy lines up and then readjust them later when raising the shelter to its full height.
Some trips won't require trekking poles along the way, and sometimes I'll be carrying my tent with me from camp to camp as opposed to leaving a steady basecamp I return to between climbs - but for those adventures that need both a basecamp set up in place and the use of a trekking pole or two while I'm out hiking what's the best way to wrangle that logistical complication?