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- Subject: [pct-l] Tents
- From: dwaycott at yahoo.com (Daryl Waycott)
- Date: Sun Aug 24 16:47:53 2003
- In-Reply-To: <EB0A327048144442AFB15FCE18DC96C742B862@RED-MSG-31.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
I carried a Hilleberg Akto one person tent for my
thru-hike of the PCT last year. It was brilliant, it
pitches very quickly and has loads of room compared to
some of the other one person tents around. A large
porch, so your backpack can go there instead of having
to put it either outside or inside the tent. It weighs
in at almost exactly 1.5kg (3lb 5oz). I am going to
replace the pole with a carbon fibre one to save
around 4 oz (as I remember) when I can. Having
problems getting hold of one from fibraplex though !!
Must be that I'm in the UK.
Ok - and it's a 4 season tent, so very stable in
Hope this helps,
--- "Eric Lee (GAMES)" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >
> I was also curious as to public opinion on pack
> weight. It would seem
> that a
> large number of thru-hikers are pro lightweight. I'm
> thinking of keeping
> weight under 40lbs max (that's loaded with water) I
> do plan on carrying
> tent through most portions of the trail. Does anyone
> have any
> suggestions on
> lightweight tents that actually work well in rainy
> conditions? I
> use a North Face Nebula tent whcih I love for it's
> functionality and
> pitching options. Unfortunately, this tent weighs
> about 9lbs which I
> is a tad heavy for a thru-hike.
> There are a huge variety of opinions about weight,
> but it all comes down
> to what works best for you.
> Remember that thru-hiking is all about making the
> miles. Every gear
> decision you make should be made based on your
> answer to this question,
> "Am I likely to make it farther down the trail with
> this thing or
> without it?" When you answer that question, don't
> look at the
> worst-case scenario, look at the likely scenario.
> Consider it from an engineering point of view.
> Clearly, if you start
> with a ridiculously heavy pack (let's say 100 lbs),
> you're not going to
> be walking very far. It's just not possible to
> maintain the kind of
> pace you need with that much weight on your back.
> What happens if we
> reduce the weight to 50 lbs? You walk farther and
> your chances of
> finishing the PCT in one year increase dramatically.
> What if you reduce
> the weight even further? You walk even farther.
> However, at some point reducing your weight load
> stops increasing your
> mileage and actually begins to *decrease* it. For
> instance, what if you
> didn't carry any food at all? That clearly reduces
> your pack weight,
> but it also clearly reduces your ability to make
> miles day after day.
> The goal is to find that sweet spot where your pack
> weight is just
> right, where you're making the most miles in the
> likely scenarios, and
> where either adding *or* removing gear would mean
> fewer miles on
> The key is that sweet spot is different for
> everyone. Get all the
> advice you can, but do what works for you, not what
> works for someone
> Having said all that, yes, I think a 9 lb tent is
> way, way too heavy for
> a thru-hike. There are plenty of 2 lb tent
> solutions that will work
> fine in nearly as many conditions and allow you to
> walk much father in
> all of the likely conditions.
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