What sort of tent for Ushuaia, Patagonia, etc
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jan 26, 2012 1:13 PM Last Post By: Williamsonthero...
Jan 25, 2012 8:54 AM
I'm going down to Ushuaia (January, February) and want to buy a tent.
Any idea what I should be looking for in terms of quality and waterproofing, etc.
I want something that will last for a while, can be used in many conditions, and is lightweight.
I'll be trekking around Ushuaia, Patagonia and anywhere else I can. (Possibly even into the mountains)
Any advice on buying the right tent would be awesome
Edited by: aussiewizard
Jan 25, 2012 8:59 AM
1It has to be a very durable tent for high alpine conditions given the winds. If it is lightweight, you are going to have to invest a lot of money in a tent. The OP wants tyo buy, as he will be doing a lot of trekking, but for those considering something less in terms of amount and length of treks, consider renting. I know in Puerto Natales, for example, there are lots of good sturdy tents available at reasonable prices.
Jan 25, 2012 10:40 AM
2There are a number of hackneyed sayings when it comes to buying tents and other outdoor gear, to the effect that you can choose two of the following three: cheap, strong, lightweight.
A high quality, lightweight tent is going to cost you some coin. The standard description of a tent which won't fold, shred or break in high winds is "four season." Don't be deceived by "three season," or "three and a half season" tents; there's a difference. If you're going to be using it a lot, also pay attention to UV resistance, since that's what will normally age a quality tent.
You'll note that four season tents tend not to ventilate as well as the ones which use a lot of mesh. That's a tradeoff for strength and weatherproofing. A four season tent can be hot and stuffy if you use it in the low-elevation tropics.
I don't know what's available in Australia, where I presume you're buying. I've settled on Hilleberg tents, which definitely meet your requirements, but they are far from cheap. I used one of mine effortlessly in Patagonia, including during winds which were snapping poles and collapsing the rented Doite tents. Hillebergs are far too expensive for short-term use, IMHO, but they're the best I've seen for the combination of lightweight, strong, weatherproof and durable.
All standard caveats apply.
Jan 25, 2012 1:57 PM
3After 30 years of camping and if you are decided to spend some amount of money, buy a Hilleberg tent. That´s the best you can find. But Hilleberg is not avaible easily in SA. I think in Chile you could find some but not sure. Anyway, easy to buy online or in Europe or USA. Other good tents are North Face, Sierra Designs, Marmot and several others. For southern Patagonia you need a tent that can stand the really strong winds. There are cheaper tents avaiable but in really bad conditions these might not protect you. In Ushuaia there are actually North Face tents avaible but more expensive than in USA.
Where are you going to trek around Ushuaia?
Jan 26, 2012 2:09 AM
4If you're backpacking, a very lightwight tent is a must; For one person, no more than 1.5 kg. Përsonally I have never needed in South America a tent for extreme conditions, generally you can find a sheltered spot to camp, at least in the mountains.
Now in different continents, different brands are sold. In Europe, Vaude, Terra Nova for instance. In the US, Big Agnes.
Jan 26, 2012 12:10 PM
I ended up getting a (something) Domino 2 person tent whic seems ok. The fly has 5000mm and interior is 1500mm.
About 2.1 kgs
The guy I bought it from, George, showed me pics of it being used at 5000 meters or so with a bit of snow around.
Found it for 2/3's the price of other places that had it for 1000 pesos.
Good guy (Paranã 710 in Fed Capital Buenos Aires). Siete Cumbres is the store name.
Now gotta put it to the test.
Arrived in Ushuaia this morning.
Any thoughts on best places to camp?
Also, If anyone knows of this brand, or has used it, your thoughts would be appreciated.
I'll let you know how it fairs.
Jan 26, 2012 1:13 PM
6Lots of great places to camp. In the National Park or along the vallleys around Ushuaia or the coastlines east to Estancia Tunel, Encajonado and Punta Segunda and west along the Monte Susana. Don´t go along the so called Sierra Valdivieso circuit (Paso beban and Paso 5 Lagunas to Bahia Torito) as parts are affected by a forest fire which is not under control despite the official version.
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