Pictures of your tents.

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby andrew_s » 30 Nov 2015, 11:43pm

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by the side of Loch Sunart, a mile or two west of Salen

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Gattonero » 31 Jan 2016, 5:27pm

A couple of shots of last year's short trips. This year will start soon, I have mudguards now! :mrgreen:

Wild camping before reaching l'Eroica Britannia, found a very quiet spot (this is a cheap, but worth every pound, North Ridge tent)
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Cotswolds, close to the Chedworth roman villa (the tent is a Tarptent Contrail that a friend lend me, is a very good a light tent)
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New Forest on Easter Bank Holiday, used a 6x8 tarp with the bike as support. It works great! 8)
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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby phil parker » 31 Jan 2016, 6:41pm

Hilleberg Nammatj 2; Carlisle, Mar 2015:

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby whizzzz » 1 Feb 2016, 1:32pm

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My Vaude Mark L 2, good for One and half ( as shown ) but tight for two. In deepest Dorset last year, preparing us both for some cycle touring this year.

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby whizzzz » 1 Feb 2016, 1:35pm

mercalia wrote:My Vaude Mk2 with tarp-

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Ooo, thats a smart idea ! And easy to do with the external poles. Mind if I pinch that idea ?

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Sweep » 1 Feb 2016, 7:55pm

Gattonero wrote:
New Forest on Easter Bank Holiday, used a 6x8 tarp with the bike as support.]


How can you be sure that the bike doesn't fall over and skewer you? I trust you have that sorted. I am genuinely interested - sounds like a great system if you can make it work.
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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby pjclinch » 1 Feb 2016, 7:59pm

Sweep wrote:
Gattonero wrote:
New Forest on Easter Bank Holiday, used a 6x8 tarp with the bike as support.]


How can you be sure that the bike doesn't fall over and skewer you? I trust you have that sorted. I am genuinely interested - sounds like a great system if you can make it work.


Looks like the bike is upside down, so a secure tripod of bars and saddle, and the tarp will tend to hold it in place.
Often seen riding a bike around Dundee...

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Gattonero » 1 Feb 2016, 8:11pm

Sweep wrote:
Gattonero wrote:
New Forest on Easter Bank Holiday, used a 6x8 tarp with the bike as support.]


How can you be sure that the bike doesn't fall over and skewer you? I trust you have that sorted. I am genuinely interested - sounds like a great system if you can make it work.


As long as the tarp is picthed well tight, the wheels are in the apex and the bars on the ground, is actually far more stable than using trekking poles/etc.
But as first try, I went belt&braces and used some thin paracord, this was actually overkill :oops:

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This is the first night, I admit there wasn't a lot of space although when I'm camping I do expect some compromises. On the second night I left one side of the tarp longer, that gave a lot of room.

The system works, especially if one can shape the tarp so it does match the saddle&bars height (in my case, taller at the front for the saddle, and shallow at the rear for the bars). Pre-cut paracord with simple tension blocks would save a lot of time, than doing as I did it took a good 15 minutes. But it was a lovely evening so I didn't bother breaking any records :D
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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby rualexander » 1 Feb 2016, 9:39pm

How was the SOL emergency bivvy bag? I have one but never used it yet, was there a lot of condensation from it?

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Gattonero » 1 Feb 2016, 10:02pm

rualexander wrote:How was the SOL emergency bivvy bag? I have one but never used it yet, was there a lot of condensation from it?


No condensation at all!
That thing is a staple in my bag. Really really useful.

I've now discarded that cheap sleeping bag and upgraded to an EE Revelation sleeping quilt, that is quite warm in itself and I haven't used it with the SOL bivvy.
The only time I've used it since, was in Cotswolds on a cold night. I've made myself a very lightweight synthetic sleeping quilt (with Climashield Apex) and with that I had to use the SOL bivvy when the temperature plummeted to zero. Again, no condensation overnight altough I felt too warm at some point.
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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Scottishgaucho » 15 Jun 2016, 3:16pm

Glen Falloch in the 90's....mine is the one with the yellow door. A Pheonix Phreerunner made from Goretex and a great one man tent for touring.

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby Kapalasa » 17 Jun 2016, 2:33pm

My Vango Banshee 200. Picture taken at Wagendrift Nature Reserve, Estcourt, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby randonneur » 17 Jun 2016, 8:54pm

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FairyDown Tent in use in a Finnish Forest, the only suitable place to set up being on the track.
However no vehicles passed in the night

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby phil parker » 17 Jun 2016, 9:19pm

Hilleberg Soulo - coping very well against a strong wind in Shetland!

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Re: Pictures of your tents.

Postby phil parker » 17 Jun 2016, 9:20pm

Hilleberg Atko - not coping very well against a strong wind in Shetland April 2016!

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