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South Coast track with fast-pitch?

Postby jsburns23 » Thu 10 Dec, 2020 3:06 pm

Thinking of doing the SCT in January with just a fly and footprint (no inner tent). What do you think? Driving rain should be OK, but apparently there are mosquitoes and leeches?
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Re: South Coast track with fast-pitch?

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Thu 10 Dec, 2020 3:31 pm

jsburns23 wrote:apparently there are mosquitoes and leeches?



In the outside world? Yes these exist.
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Re: South Coast track with fast-pitch?

Postby Osik » Thu 10 Dec, 2020 10:43 pm

Leeches, mosquitos & tiger snakes that fancy a dry warm spot outta the rain aside, single skin tents are notoriously bad in most tassie conditions & result in serious condensation issues unless you nail the ventilation & site selection. You’d probably wanna be carrying an light bivvy bag if you’re going to forgo in the inner - by which time you may as well carry the inner.
I’ve used the fly only a fair bit in alpine conditions, but most of the time in tassie a double skin tent just works the best.
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Re: South Coast track with fast-pitch?

Postby wander » Fri 11 Dec, 2020 7:32 am

Add March flys and little tiny black flying bity things. Many an eve I've retreated to the tent to eat dinner to reduce the insect intake.

Also windblown sand is a bother at a few of the camp sites.

It depends on hard core you are but the practicalities of an inner are great.
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Re: South Coast track with fast-pitch?

Postby jsburns23 » Sun 13 Dec, 2020 1:59 pm

Thanks a lot for that very useful info. We're a group of 5 and we thought the question was worth asking. We've dealt with NZ sandflies and weren't sure if the SCT had an equivalent in January. My son once shared a sleeping bag with a snake in WA, so I guess that's the clincher.
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