PCT videos.

The movie by Jester is great. But it got me looking for more. (reference for the movie we loved https://www.facebook.com/WizardsofthePCT

Some of the videos I’ve found are great. Some inadequate. Here they are. 

That is my initial list.

The new pitch.

I pitched this using the “new” method of staking out all four corners and then putting up the two hiking poles each set at 120 cm.

Then I used the https://zpacks.com/products/trekking-pole-cup for expansion with the other set of hiking poles.

Worked like a charm, no adjustments to the pitch.

Compare this to our Copper Spur HV2 fully pitched:

That is us on the way to Marion in 2019. https://www.facebook.com/514025522/posts/10161782415160523/?d=n


2019 was a great year right then.

Note the Copper Spur was around 28 square feet and two pounds twelve ounces (the model has changed some). The Triplex is around 21 ounces and 37.5 square feet.

The “best” tent for Thru-Hiking.

I’m first only talking about long trails like the Appalachian Trail or the PCT and only after you are certain (by experience) that sort of thing is for you.

This isn’t a best tent for car camping or for expeditions or for families or a base camp. This is limited to a very specific application that just happens to be important to me

For couples the best tent is the Triplex. With the kit to expand the volume it is a palace. Anything smaller tends to start feeling cramped.

Experimental pitch

The kit increases the internal volume more than you would expect. But. But. I would not recommend buying this tent for anyone who has hiked less than a thousand miles and unless they are completely comfortable with a tent that is not freestanding.


For most individuals who are not sharing a tent there are different choices depending on your physical size and what you really want/need.

If you must have a double wall tent, then you want https://www.tarptent.com/product/notch-li/

Occasionally sharing your tent, tall and ready to use 30^2 feet? https://lightheartgear.com/products/lightheart-solong-6-sil-poly-fabric

It is 32 ounces.

Are you on a terribly tight budget and likely to sleep out many nights on the Appalachian Trail?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-1-Person-Backpacking-Tent-with-Vestibule-for-Gear-Storage/519270004 — under $30 and 3.4 pounds.

I’ve seen people who made it to Pennsylvania on the AT with this tent through lots of rain and avoiding shelters.

For two people who are really on a budget https://www.rivercountryproducts.com/product/trekker-tent-2/. Under $100. Two pounds 12 ounces. 35^2 feet.

Really need freestanding (I’ve been there). https://explore-rentals.com/product/big-agnes-copper-spur/. You can rent it in 1p, 2p and 3p versions.

Note that as an alternative Zpacks Duplex now has a freestanding version and there is the Tarptent Rainbow series. https://www.tarptent.com/product/rainbow/ —the Dyneema version is much lighter. https://www.tarptent.com/product/rainbow-li/

These are very popular tents on long trails and freestanding.

That’s it. The Durston Dyneema 2p is not recommended for two people and you can’t actually buy one (they sell out within minutes when offered for sake). Hyperlite Mountain Gear tents are great for mountain and four season camping (and I love their packs) but their tents aren’t optimized for Thru-Hiking.

REI makes some great gear. But it isn’t quite the best for Thru-Hiking. (I’m not saying it is bad, and it is a great cost / performance point).

MSR makes great camping and mountain tents. But again, not what I consider the best for the singular use of Thru-Hiking. A little heavy.

Nemo tents are a little cramped (go to an REI and set up a few tents side by side and crawl in and out). I was planning to buy one until I did that and got a Copper Spur instead.

https://www.sixmoondesigns.com/products/lunar-solo-tent and the lightheart gear tent are really close contenders if you are not going with Dyneema. The lunar solo is slightly smaller and a little lighter. It also costs less. Worth considering especially if a $250 price point is attractive to you.

Finally, even a little smaller https://www.gossamergear.com/products/the-one

That takes you through all the best tents or alternatives for Thru-Hiking.

Caveats. Most, but not all, 1p (one person) tents are too small for one person’s use for an extended period. That is why most hikers are using 2p tents.

Dyneema is lighter. It used to be twice the price of nylon or polyester (polyester is more waterproof). Now it costs even more.

Dyneema also does not absorb any water when it rains. A “normal” nylon tent does. As a result nylon tents weigh a lot more the morning after you have camped out in the rain.

Almost all freestanding tents pitch better if you stake them out. But they tend to have more volume than non-freestanding tents. The volume makes them more livable.

There is a reason the copper spur is so popular among hikers.

But there is also a reason my wife and I switched from a Copper Spur to a Triplex.

Some adjustments

I tried moving my tent to the external pocket. I am amazed at how much room that frees up.

I also tried putting weight at the bottom (2 two liter bottles of water I’m carrying to practice with extra weight).

I’ve always hiked with the heaviest items highest. But my posture is better with the weight lower. My back hurts for the first five minutes but then it is fine. Four-five miles later my back is still fine.

I’m starting to like the change.

Since on the PCT we will use the tent almost every night it was time to move it from the bottom of my pack.

So camp shoes/water shoes to one side. Blue bag to the other. Tent and micro-spikes in the back pouch along with my rain gear.

Resupply Oregon

Pacific Crest Trail

North from Ashland, Oregon

Trail Notes

Current Plan

Fly to Medford, then shuttle to Ashland/Callahan’s lodge (Mile 1717.7 Far Out/1719 physical maps).

1718 Callahan’s Lodge (Yogi’s Milepost). Start

• UPS a resupply box. Resupply box charge is $5.00 (essential for mailing hiking poles, knives and such that cannot go on a plane).
• Call 541-482-1299 to confirm.
• They offer camping on the back lawn and a hikers package.
• From the hostel it is about half a mile down a blue blaze to the trail. At this point we should have three-four days of food.

[note. We stopped in Ashland instead, a trail Angel drove us to the trail. Skipped Callahan’s altogether.]

1773 Fish Lake Resort (Yogi’s Milepost) – takes UPS Resupply boxes ($5.00), free tenting area. Shower, Laundry. 2.1 miles.

Next resupply is at 1820.9 or about 47 miles. We are shooting for 15 miles a day for this stretch.

[we made 20 miles a day or more. Our pre-hike training paid off].

We supply at Mazama Village/Crater Lake which is on the trail.

The center there accepts resupply packages, also has a general store. Shower, laundry – sometimes (bathrooms with showers throughout the campground, laundry near the store). Restaurant. Next nearest resupply is mile 1906 or so.

1906 is 85 miles. Five days at 17 miles a day.

Start the Crater Lake Rim Trail (one and a half day’s hike – 33 miles). Sign the register when entering the park to camp back country.

1906.6 Shelter Cove Resort. Free camping, restaurant, shower, laundry. Less than one mile from the trail. Charging ports for electronics in PCT designated area. Store and also takes resupply boxes.

[We went via Horse Camp from Windigo Pass. Missed being enveloped by the fire.].

Next section is about 46 miles or three days.

1952.6 Elk Lake Resort. A little more than a mile from the trail. Not enough for a full resupply. Takes boxes—will want to consider mailing a box here. Restaurant. Shower and tenting area.

[and another fire hit so we went in, bought dinner and hitched out the next morning].

Next section is 48 miles. Three days at PCT speeds.

Note trail closure. PCTA recommends getting off the trail at Santiam Pass Trailhead on highway 20, mile 2000.9. Re-enter at Olallie Lake resort.

Highway 20 is north of Big Lake at mile 2000.9 – if you use this to bypass the closure, a resupply on the 150 mile car loop is possible, though resupply at Olallie Lake is recommended.

Will buy food at the trail store at Olallie lake.

2046 Olallie Lake Resort, on the trail. Good store. Camping.

Next section is 51 miles. Three days.

2097.4 Timberline Lodge. On the trail. Takes packages, no resupply. Alternatives are shuttle to Bend or resupply box or gamble on hiker box or take bus to Government Camp, a small town.

[turns out there is some really limited resupply here. Met a hiker who got a day and a half’s worth of food for $50. But you can catch a bus into town and back for food—but should send yourself a box].

Option A: shuttle to Bend for resupply with Karla, 541-390-6841.

Option B: Hiker box often has a lot of food. Buffet is $25 and on-line reservations are often needed.

Option C hitchhike from 2092 to Government Camp (a small town) and their store. About 5 miles. Or take the Mt. Hood Express Bus.

Next section is fifty miles or three days to Cascade Locks and Bridge of the Gods.

2147.1 Cascade Locks. End of Oregon. Grocery Store. Twice a week bus service to Portland. One mile to Bridge of the Gods and crossing into Washington.

1718 to 2147.8. 429 miles less the closed section. Then Washington.