Of tents, fly sheets and shelters...
|My Luxe tent in the Cowshed Bay camp-ground on the Queen Charlotte Track in 2016|
To cover these eventualities I carry tarps/fly sheets, tents and bivvy bags depending on the conditions I expect to encounter.
Fly sheets/shelters/tarpsA fly or tarp is a lightweight nylon sheet used to provide shelter from rain, sleet and snow. Their main advantage is lightweight and the ability to cook under them.
Oztrail hiking fly
I usually carry a Oztrail hiking fly which I use as an emergency shelter when expecting an over full hut.Total weight with guys/pegs + a Sea to Summit bug net is only 1 kg. I have never needed it as an emergency shelter as I have yet to arrive at a hut so full to the brim that I couldn't even sleep on the floor.
Oztrail Hiker Fly, 3.5(W) x2.1(H), 850gms (with pegs)+
Sea to Summit 1 person bug net, 240gms
|Oz Trail Hiker fly in use on Mt Oxford|
I would use this all of the time as I find flysheets to be very adaptable shelters, but they are not always the best choice especially in areas with a large bug population (most of the South Island of NZ especially the West Coast and Fiordland).
Flys are not ideal for tops shelter either, as wind can damage them very easily. On the tops you really need the more durable shelter offered by a quality tent.
|A selection of shelters you can make with your standard rectangular tarp|
|My sleeping gear set up in my Luxe tent, QCT 2016|
Big Agnes Coper Spur UL 1
I brought a new light weight tent for my Te Araroa Trail thru-hike, it is the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1 tent. This is a true free standing3+season tent which weighs a light 1 kg. I brought this in a 2017 summer sale for only $450 down from the usual price of over $700 NZD.
Copper Spur UL 1, 2.24(L)x1.10(W)x98(H)cm, 1 kg
|Copper Spur UL 1: fast shelter only|
|Copper Spur UL 1: no fly|
|Copper Spur UL 1: fly fitted but open|
|Copper Spur UL 1: fly closed|
I will use this tent if planning to camp and continue to carry my hikers tarp/fly + bug net combo when I expect to be in a hut.
|My Big Agnes Copper Spur 1 set up in the Totaranui camp grounds, April 2018|
This has served my needs nicely, the NZD $280 price was also very competitive.
Luxe Lightwave II, 2.4(L) x 1.55(W)x1.05(H)cm, 1.3 kg
|Luxe Lightwave tent|
|Luxe Lightwave in use on the QCT, 2016|
|Me in my Luxe Lightwave on the QCT, 2016|
|The Lightwave in action on the QCT|
|Luxe Lightwave II floor plan|
This tent has now been superseded by my Big Agnes UL 1 as my main tramping tent although I will still be using it from time to time as circumstances dictate.
My other two person tent is a Coleman Spirit 2 person tent, this is a excellent tent- roomy, good ventilation, stable and waterproof.
Coleman ‘Spirit 2′ (small 2 person) 2.6(L) x 1.4(W) x 1.0(H), 1.9kg
|Another view of the Coleman Spirit 2 tent|
|The Coleman Spirit in use, Ryde Falls Campsite, Mt Oxford Forest 2013|
Coleman Coastline 3 TentI intend to do a bit of base camp tramping going into the future, this is where you choose a location and do a number of tramps while staying at the same place each night. In other words this is for car camping only.
To facilitate this I have purchased a larger three person tent, a Coleman Coastline 3.
|The Coleman Coastline 3 tent|
|Dimensions of the Coleman Coastline 3 tent|
|Other aspects of the Coleman Coastline 3 tent I purchased|
- Large d-doors front and rear for easy access
- Floored front vestibule area to keep the tent dry and clean
- Colour coded poles to ensure easy and correct set up
- Generously sized carry bag
- 2 Year satisfaction warranty
|Heavy duty PU floor in the Coleman Coastline 3|
Material: 75D/Taped seams, 2000mm proofed Fly, PE flooring.
Frame: 9.5mm/8.5mm Durawrap Fibreglass poles
SOL Survival Bivy Bag
Camp-site cooking shelters
|Davies Bay cooking shelter, Queen Charlotte Track|
- cooking benches, either aluminium or stainless steel
- a sink for washing dishes
- a stream, fresh water source or rainwater storage tanks
- seating of some type, normally fixed benches
- toilets, either attached or nearby
|Cooking shelters: Bay of Many Coves, QCT|
|Cooking shelters: Anchorage shelter, Abel Tasman NP|
|Cooking shelters: Kerr Bay camp ground, St Armaud|
|Cooking Shelters: inside Avalanche Peak shelter, Arthurs Pass NP|