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Tent advice

jonasvereeken

Posted: Wed, Jun 13, 2018, 13:48

Hi, we're doing the GR20 (Nord) in mid-september but are not sure what tent we should bring. Apart from a decent hiking tent we have quite good gear but since we're both students and need to save some money. Right now we have a 2p freestanding quechua tent, so not the best quality but decent for normal use. My question is if it's really necessary to have a premium quality hiking tent to withstand bad weather. What tents do most hikers use? Apart from the fact that freestanding tents are a must have due to the terrain, I can't really find any information on this topic.

Thanks for any replies :)



SQFP

Posted: Wed, Jun 13, 2018, 14:06

Weather in september is usually fine - warm and dry, save for the occasional T-storm lasting a few hours. Any tent able to withstand a rainy night would do - the lighter the better.
(Do what's sensible first; do what "most hikers do" as a last resort ;))

If you insist, have a look at what "most people" use: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Refuge_de_l%27Onda_zone_de_bivou...
http://reho.st/https://i1.wp.com/www.gr20-blog.com/wp-content/uploads/20...
etc.

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GRRR 20

Posted: Wed, Jun 13, 2018, 14:59

I have seen lots of those pop-up Quechua tents on the GR20. They're fine because the weather is usually good. One bad night isn't the end of the world either. I once saw a tall man in a child's toy tent at Petra Piana. His legs were sticking outside the tent but the weather was good and it seemed to work OK for him. I have used two different tents on the GR20. One of them was freestanding and the other needed lots of pegs to stay upright. The more pegging points you need the more likely you'll find a rock preventing you getting a peg into the ground.



SQFP

Posted: Wed, Jun 13, 2018, 20:36

... Just use rocks instead of pegs :D

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Geology in Corsica



GRRR 20

Posted: Thu, Jun 14, 2018, 8:26

Plenty of rocks!



mia

Posted: Fri, Jun 15, 2018, 8:19

Plenty of rocks!....
We'll use a non-freestanding tent. So I think lightweight pegs won't work? Thank you.



Gaffr

Posted: Fri, Jun 15, 2018, 8:54

My own way of dealing with the hard ground.....I attach a length of cord to each of the guy/peg rings and simply just roll the stone around the cord...no knots needed....works fine with non rounded stones.
For Corsica I keep the cords attached for the length of the journey. :-)

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Gaffr



mia

Posted: Fri, Jun 15, 2018, 9:06

Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing, Gaffr.