New tent for the Cape Wrath Trail

Discussion in 'Shelters & Accessories' started by CaPo70, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. CaPo70

    CaPo70 Trekker

    Hi my name is Casper from the Netherlands and i'm wanna buy a new tent for the Cape Wrath trail.
    Thnking of buying the HMG Ultamid 2 with half innernet.

    This is a DCF tent and my question is, is this a ok tent or do you prefer another ( better tent ) ?

    I want a 2 person tent
    Lightweight so not above 1,5 kg

    I like to here from you're experience and what do you recommend ?

    Thanks in advanced,

  2. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    No idea about the Ultamid never even seen one. Just saying that there are plenty of Bothies along the route. It's worth marking them on your map. If the weather does get really bad knowing where your bolt holes are can be a life saver.
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  3. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    You can't rely on bothies for overnighters imo, there might be people already there or they might be shut or unsuitable, buy yeah for emergencies its worth knowing where they are.

    Can't help with your tent question.
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  4. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I refer this to our resident Ultamid expert @Daniel :D
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  5. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I don't have an Ultamid either, though I think @Daniel has. But mids are reputed to be very good in wind and HMG tents tent to be very strong - some would say overbuilt. The 0.8oz DCF is a very good material. If you're comfortable in a mid (some don't like the lack of headroom), then it's probably a good choice.
    Edit: Beaten to it by @Lempo on Daniel.
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  6. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Do you actually want/need a 2 person tent if you are thinking of half inner?
  7. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Phil, that's for the indoor :poop: of course as discussed many times over.

  8. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I'd take my Trailstar and Borah bivy but if he needs 2 person then it wouldn't be a great suggestion. Perhaps he was going to feed his partner to the midges :)
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  9. CaPo70

    CaPo70 Trekker

    I just want al my gear dry, thats why the extra room ...
    I use the tent solo.
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  10. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I used the TS on the CWT but now I'd be using a DCF Duomid + solo inner which is a very similar size/ spec to the HMG......everyone has there own preferences......
    I like 360deg protection & the Duomid has the facility of being able to get in/ out in the rain without impacting sleep space, space to strip off wet gear & to cook etc. for very little addition weight over something like a Solomid.
    Like the Duomid the HMG uses a heavier DCF than some others (Zpacks, etc) which IMO adds to longevity.
    Personally I advise on carrying half a dozen gold Easton stakes to nail it down.
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  11. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Sorry for the pedantry, but Zpacks does also offer its tents in the heavier DCF.
  12. CaPo70

    CaPo70 Trekker

    That’s right, HMG 0,80 en Zpacks 0,75
  13. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    TBH if the question was "what shelter that you have never used would you recommend for the CWT" I would have answered "DCF Duomid + solo inner". I think that might be my treat to myself when I retire. :)
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  14. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I'd use a Tarptent Stratospire 1 if you want plenty of room.

    Mids of similar footprint have less headroom.
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  15. Daniel

    Daniel Ultralighter

    u won't go wrong with a ultamid 2 loads of usable space for 2, good height at 162cm so you'll need a pole extension or a dedicated carbon pole. I'd recommend some burly pegs on the 4 corners if in big winds. I haven't got an inner with mine but was thinking of bodging a s2s net inside if I can be bothered.
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  16. Craig

    Craig Summit Camper

    I am guessing you have have already met the Highland midge Casper? After 6 years living and camping in the Northern Highlands I am still perfecting a system that allows me to comfortably live, cook & pack up in midge infested drizzle.
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  17. Daniel

    Daniel Ultralighter

    I prefer Scotland outside of midge season:cigar:
  18. CaPo70

    CaPo70 Trekker

    My plans are al so outside midge season ;) ...
  19. Charles42

    Charles42 Trail Blazer

    I understand that all bothies are closed for use at present due Covid Some may not have
    been locked up however , but they ask not too use them . This of course
    may change later . ( I am a MBA member )
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  20. OwenM

    OwenM Section Hiker

    They are, but so are the borders, as the OP is coming from the Netherlands I assume he's not talking about doing the walk in the next few weeks.
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  21. CaPo70

    CaPo70 Trekker

    Unfortunately not :frown:...
    Set my goals for 2022 maybe end 2021...
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