Which tent to take?

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Which tent to take?

Post by ltm01 » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:14 pm

Hi All,
I'll be hiking in the Hamilton Lake and Little Five Lakes area for just over a week in mid August. My first trip to the region.

I am wondering about what tent to take. I have a Macpac Microlight 1.7kg and a Tarptent Notch 800g. I generally use the Macpac if there is a good chance of storms and heavy rain otherwise I prefer the much lighter Notch.

I know the weather is not predictable at those altitudes, however, what tent would you set out with given the time of year and the area?

Thank you.








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Re: Which tent to take?

Post by AlmostThere » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:03 am

I take the lightest tent available regardless of whether there are storms or not. Tarptents are fully capable of withstanding whatever happens out there -- ours have been through storms before and nothing dire happened, everyone warm and dry. Hundreds of thru hikers use them for two thousand miles (Henry designed his very first tarptent for his PCT hike and that's how his business started) and so I'm not even sure why this perception that the heavier tent makes sense at all....

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Re: Which tent to take?

Post by rlown » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:03 am

This one: http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabela-s ... lsrc=aw.ds

Can be 107lbs to 70lbs. The stove is extra weight. That's 2 mules right there. :)
But to AT's point, go light, but know your tent.

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Re: Which tent to take?

Post by maverick » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:37 am

Your Tarptent will be just fine.
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Re: Which tent to take?

Post by ltm01 » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:03 pm

Much appreciated, thanks all.

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