I have access to an area that I would like to put a couple of hives on next year in a very remote region. I'm going to basically let the bees fend for themselves as it is 1.5 hours away, then use these hives to make splits from when possible assuming things go well. I'm looking at maybe checking on them 4 times next year. I don't mind swarming so much, as it is not going to have impact on neighbors and could actually benefit my future plans. My question is, what size hive would work well in this scenario? I'm not looking to harvest honey, this is more of an experiment. Something not too large that SHB or moths take over, but not too small as to give the bees some overwintering opportunity. I have 8 frame medium equipment, and was thinking two mediums might be about right. Thoughts?