Tarptent Notch: how to keep upright?

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Tarptent Notch: how to keep upright?

Postby gbagua » Wed 24 Feb, 2021 5:58 pm

Hello guys,

I just came across this log:

https://www.geargrams.com/list?id=4015

However no trekking poles are listed, so how on earth did they manage to keep the tent upright?

I'm very keen on this tent as it's 800g and need it for this year's Larapinta hike.

I don't want to buy a trekking pole to keep the thing upright, maybe there is another lighter option.

Thanks for the input :)
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Re: Tarptent Notch: how to keep upright?

Postby ribuck » Wed 24 Feb, 2021 6:55 pm

That gear list includes two extra guy lines. Maybe they tied the apexes to some branches above.

I don't think there are enough suitable trees for this to work at some of the Larapinta campsites, nor are there many thin-but-sufficiently-long sticks lying around to substitute for poles. Unfortunately.
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Re: Tarptent Notch: how to keep upright?

Postby crollsurf » Wed 24 Feb, 2021 7:47 pm

Either that or they are using the Helinox Walking Poles listed under tools.
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Re: Tarptent Notch: how to keep upright?

Postby gbagua » Thu 25 Feb, 2021 4:58 am

Ah yeah! I missed the walking poles for some reason. So for this particular tent and to keep weight to a minimum what is the lightest pole or device you'd recommend to keep the tent upright?

Cheers :)
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Re: Tarptent Notch: how to keep upright?

Postby Turfa » Thu 25 Feb, 2021 5:49 am

Tarptent sell poles specifically for each of their tents.

https://www.tarptent.com/product/vertical-support-pole/

The poles for the Notch are 107g each, not sure you will find anything much lighter than that.
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Re: Tarptent Notch: how to keep upright?

Postby Franco » Thu 25 Feb, 2021 10:43 am

Tarptent does have a lighter version called Substitute Poles (9mm) , however I would strongly recommend to get the Vertical type because they are much stronger.
At 12.4 mm those Vertical poles are very similar in strength to the light weight trekking poles .
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Re: Tarptent Notch: how to keep upright?

Postby gbagua » Thu 25 Feb, 2021 3:42 pm

I had no idea they also sell support poles. Thanks again! :)
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