Tarping the GR20 questions


Posted: Mon, May 2, 2016, 16:45

Hey guys,

I'm intending on using a tarp/bivvy combo for the gr20.

However I'm struggling to pick pegs for the rocky terrain. Is it bad enough to require specialist "rock pegs"? My only concern is that this equipment seems to be about 100g per peg! Can anyone recommend a brand of peg that they've had success with?

I was also wondering if anyone has had any positive (or negative) experience with the Rab Siltarp1 (218g!) that I'm intending to buy?


Posted: Mon, May 2, 2016, 20:48

Hi Hugh92,

I used Hilleberg alloy Y-pegs on the GR20 Sud last year. 18cm, 13g per peg. I never had any problems getting them in and they're all still straight as dies after a good thumping with the heavy granite 'hammers' that you'll find lying around the GR20. Not the cheapest choice, but good at what they do.

As Gaffr has stated elsewhere on the forum, its a good idea to cut some paracord into 50cm lengths that you can tie to your tarp loops and then wrap around boulders where guying space is very tight or the ground exceptionally hard. I found these really useful at some very small rock-bounded pitches at Usciolu and Asinau where my guy ropes unavoidably spanned onto solid granite blocks . [thanks for that tip, Gaffr!]




Posted: Wed, May 4, 2016, 12:09

Hi Hugh, I used MSR groundhog pegs, and they stood up to some terrible abuse over the 2 weeks and the only damage was 1 slightly bent one, still usable.
I would invest in Groundhogs, and bring 1 spare just in case.

I like Peter/Gaffr's idea about taking some paracord, should be useful.


Posted: Wed, May 4, 2016, 12:34

Hello Gaston,
Taking cord by me is not just an idea. I have taken cord, to wrap around stones, on the three-times that I have been to the GR20. How did I know about the ground conditions for camping on using a tent? I asked my daughter who had been, with tent, to the GR before I ever did. :-)
I think I read here or maybe 'next door' that someone was considering taking rope....all that you need is some lengths of para-cord and the ability to simply attach some cord to each tent pegging point and then, when needed, to wind it up around a suitable stone...no knots required.
A very useful peg substitute.




Posted: Wed, May 4, 2016, 20:41

Hi Gaffr, yes it sounds very sensible I have some paracord lying around somewhere and it's on my list.

Something has happened at work and If i'm going to take holiday then I'm told I have to take it before middle of June, so i'm on the verge of booking my 2nd GR20 journey from May 28th - June 11th... I had a look at other 12-14 day treks around europe but they look like an anti climax compared to this one.. i'm excited