North Face Ambition 35


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title North Face Ambition 35
Manufacturer The North Face
Page By rpc
Page Type Mar 7, 2002 / Mar 7, 2002
Object ID 159
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Taped, seam-tensioned, true bathtub floor offers the clean angles and usable space of a catenary cut without requiring seam sealing.

Full-coverage rainfly includes front vestibule with snowflaps, plus a rear stake-out vestibule for gear and boot stoawage.

Waterproof polyester ripstop rainfly is UV-resistant; nylon ripstop canopy is lightweight and durable with a soothing color.

Continuous pole sleeves increase structural integrity and ease setup.

Sixteen exterior guy points with attached guylines and an internal guy system provide stability in extreme storms.

Two large doors provide easy access and good ventilation.

Adjustable ground tensioner allows pitching on unlevel surface and includes loops for ski or trekking pole staking.

Internally-adjustable top vents with mesh screens assure spindrift melts onto rainfly; vent doors come together to form a gear loft.

Polyurethane windows, cold-crack tested to -60 degrees F, improve living conditions.

Cone venting adjacent to window alleviates fogging or freezing and provides cross-draft and climate control choices.

Reflective guyline loops, guylines and zipper pulls help to locate tent in the dark, minimizing the risk of tripping over guylines or kicking it loose.

The Ambition 35 has a low, long profile for better wind resistance; long profile is also more comfortable for taller users. Roomy and strong enough for a base camp tent, but light enough for high camps and approaches. Pitch just the rainfly, poles and matching footprint (sold separately) for a weight-saving summer shelter option. Comes with guylines, stakes, stuff sacks and Seam Grip™, and pole repair sleeve. Average minimum weight specification based on tent, poles and rainfly. Please note: North Face products may only be shipped to U.S. addresses. Imported.


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rpc - Mar 28, 2002 1:58 pm - Voted 5/5

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A Rolls Royce of tents as far as we're concerned.....with the Rolls Royce comfort, price, and weight. Used it in all sorts of conditions - from desert in summer (with the fly off the ventillation was great), to camping above timber in all sorts of places (Shasta, Helens, various places in N. Cascades). For my wife and me this is usually an overkill on most backpacking trips (spring to fall) but is a nice luxury during winter backpacks, above timber overnighters, and anytime when the wind picks up. Love the color - unlike the Mountain Hardware tents which we've also used - gives it a warm and cozy feeling if you're waiting out bad weather. Plenty of guy lines; like the numerous pockets in side; the stake straps on both the tent and fly could be better - i.e. when trying to use rocks or branches to stake it down it can be a hassle. The poles have a tendency of freezing together in very cold temps - warming it for about 3 sec. with your palm fixes that problem. For two people + dog this tent is a limo. Spent a night with 4 people + dog but it was uncomfortable and it was the absolute capacity limit. Despite its size, it's easy to set up for one person (without strong wind obviously!)

Chucky - Jul 21, 2002 8:50 am - Voted 4/5

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I purchased my Ambition 35 from Mountain Gear in December 2000. I also employed the foot print and loft. This tent was used for 3 persons on Mount Whitney, California in January 2001, and two persons on Mount Whitney in June 2001. It is a HEAVY tent, but darned nice in genuine mountain conditions. the double doors/vestibles is awesome for space management and stowage of gear. In the snow, it was awesome for weather protection. There are hordes of tie down points. It was of ample size for three adults to get along without kicking each other for those midnight runs to the potty. When staked down, it is virtually indestructable. We never got it above 10,000 feet in the snow, but still established a great tent spot without trees to stake on to. In June we got it to 12,000 feet for two nights. Again, when staked out, it is a "castle." With only two persons in it, you can play cards, sit up and eat. When looking around at other climbing teams we clearly had a "brick house" that the big bad wolf would really have to work at to blow down. The gold color is uplifting. The color coded poles are great for ease in assembly. There are more ventilation vents than meet the eye, so read the instructions. On the negative side, (1) the velcro fly attachments are very challenging with gloved hands, (2) it is heavy for the poor guy carrying it (yes, you can spilt the load, but that was counter to our needs), (3) the stakes are easily bent/broke when hitting a rock below the soil, (4) the main vestible entrance is awkward. Overall, everyone who has slept in it agrees, it is the tent to be in when the "feces hits the fan" in mountaineering conditions. See it in use in snow at 9,500 feet at

William Marler - Dec 2, 2002 9:24 am - Voted 4/5

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Solid construction but on the heavy side. Adaquate vents and yes the velcro fly attachments are annoying, I agree with the previous reviewer the main vestible entrance is awkward. Overall, a good solid tent. Sleeps two comfortably three is pushing it for longer trips. Our own addition of snow flaps makes the tent heavyer but more bombproof. Take care of it and it will last.

Misha - Dec 14, 2003 5:47 pm - Voted 4/5

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Overall, this is a fantastic tent. Super warm, relatively easy to put together and away, nice sturdy construction. My girlfriend and I mostly use it for 2 of us and we always get plenty of space inside for our clothes and gear. However, we also used it for 3 people with comfort on several occasions. Heck, 4 of us even played cards in it at some point. An average person can sit inside of it w/o reaching the top with her/his head.
I would highly recommend this tent for colder nights, to sleep on the snow/glacier and even for car-camping. It may be an overkill for warm nights in the mountains.
One major downside of this tent is its weight. It is definitely a sucker to carry around on your back but I've done it on many 10+ mile trips and never regretted it in the end. And at last but not least, you can see this tent in many Himalaya videos, pitched somewhere on South Col of Everest or on similiar elevations. Obviously, it can sustain some serious winds and weather in any place you will take it to.

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