Solo tent for Patagonia?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Feb 7, 2012 1:57 PM Last Post By: trekker502
Feb 6, 2012 8:11 PM
Solo tent for Patagonia?Hi guys, I've been reading the many posts about trekking in Patagonia, but I haven't found exactly the info I'm hoping for (apologies in advance if it was there and I missed it...). I need to pick a solid 1-man tent that is currently (2012!) available in the US to use on an upcoming trip to Patagonia and other parts of S. America. I see that a lot of folks recommend the Hilleberg tents because of the wind, but unfortunately I can't really afford that. Does anyone have specific recommendations for solo tents that you've used in Patagonia or in similar places with nasty weather? Or, anyone have thoughts on whether the Eureka Spitfire or Mountain Hardwear Sprite would work? I was originally thinking about a GoLite Shangri-La because of its versatility for the rest of my trip, but it sounds like that may not cut it in Patagonia. Thanks in advance for your help!
Feb 6, 2012 8:58 PM
1In the event that you don't get the kind of answers you want (I, for example, have never used the tents you mention), just bring the strongest tent you can afford and set it up behind whatever shelter you can find. Use whatever stakeouts you've got. Attach cord in advance to anyplace loops are sewn in for this purpose, and carry enough stakes for these, too. Learn which way to pitch in relation to the wind and rain--preferably by testing it out in non-critical situations. Remember that winds can spring up very quickly, so don't get lazy just because the weather is agreeable when you pull in for the night.
After that....well, what's the worst that could happen? Misery, torment, borderine insanity? A small price to pay.
(who brought a Hilleberg and watched lesser tents shred and poles snap)
Feb 7, 2012 1:25 AM
2I've been camping several times in Patagonia and I've never encountered really extreme conditions for my tent. Either the camping is sheltered, or I stayed in a room in case of a storm.
I own a Big Agnes solo tent (it was not expensive, from REI, especially compared to the price of such tents in Europe), and I've also used a North Face one in the past, and both are good.
Feb 7, 2012 1:57 PM
3I was fortunate to find an excellent Marmot 2-person, 3-season tent being sold at a garage sale by a former Himalayan guide, and I may be taking it back to Mt. Everest again this summer. I used it only at Campamento Italiano, amidst the dense forest and other tenters, so no problems with the winds (I stayed in the refugios at other locations). Others at that time did have their tent poles break in the 60 mph wind gusts. Otherwise, I find my gear at REI during their many sales -- they do have excellent quality and the salesperson should be able to help you with determining the strength of the tent in winds -- REI usually has comparison data sheets to show customers.
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