i bought my tent tonight!! =D i'm so excited! i got an msr hubba hubba AND its footprint for $225 shipped from rei. a guy on BPL replied to my post on the used gear forums and told me that i could get last year's hh on clearance for $170. i called the store in asheville and they didn't have any in stock. i had to call all the way out to california to find a store that had the clearance tent in stock, but i should have it here in the next week! =)
so i've got two out of the big three: pack and shelter. now i just need a bag. =) i'm heavily leaning towards the campmor down 20+ bag, but we'll see how everything goes here in the next little bit. perhaps i can buy a better quality used bag for about the same price.
if i were my dog, i'd have an excitement pee right now.