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Mike W
(skopeo) - F - M

Locale: British Columbia
Collapsing a Tarptent – is this recommended? on 05/22/2013 10:04:49 MDT Print View

I'm planning a trip this summer that will involve base camping for several days while day-hiking in the area. I'll be taking my TarpTent Notch and I have the extra poles for set up when I need my trekking poles however, it occurred to me that maybe just collapsing the tarptent would work OK while I'm off with my trekking poles.

I'm not just trying to dodge the extra weight (which is a consideration) but I prefer the pitch I get with adjustable trekking poles and would likely use my trekking poles each night anyway, so what's the point of a temporary setup with the extra poles while I'm off hiking?

Has anybody done this and if so, any issues? If I did this, I'd probably stuff my down bag and clothing in a dry bag and leave it in the collapsed shelter, so I'm not worried about getting critical gear wet. Wind could be a problem but if I staked down the shelter, I would think it would be fine.

Thoughts or experience with doing this would be appreciated.

Edited by skopeo on 05/22/2013 10:16:25 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Lartnec Nagihcim
Re: Collapsing a Tarptent – is this recommended? on 05/22/2013 10:22:04 MDT Print View

I did it with a trailstar a few months ago and it was not too much bother, I would not do it if very windy.

Sean Passanisi
(passanis)
Re: Collapsing a Tarptent – is this recommended? on 05/22/2013 10:24:39 MDT Print View

Hi Mike,

I just spent a couple of nights in the Sinkyone Wilderness with my SS2. I woke up in the morning and pulled out my trekking poles, leaving the tent staked with my equipment inside. I returned to camp at night, reinserted the poles, spent 30 seconds adjusting the stakes, and was up and running without any issues.

I would only be concerned with the potential of the wind to blow away your tent. I suppose the risk depends on the conditions.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
roll on 05/22/2013 17:22:09 MDT Print View

I just roll up the sleeping gear in our lunar duo and pile some rocks on top. Then I don't have to worry about stuff blowing around.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F - M

Locale: British Columbia
Collapsing a Tarptent – is this recommended? on 05/22/2013 17:57:18 MDT Print View

>> I just roll up the sleeping gear in our lunar duo and pile some rocks on top. <<

I actually thought about that as an option but there is always a chance that somebody might think it's been abandoned and help themselves to it (or move it and take my spot).

I was also thinking that leaving the shelter in place and just removing the trekking poles would make for a quick set up upon my return. The problem with hoping for calm winds is that I'd have to take the extra poles "just in case" the winds weren't calm. I guess I could just gamble and not bring the extra poles and hike without my trekking poles if the wind was blowing hard however, I've kinda gotten used to using them... but it wouldn't kill me to go without, so that's an option.