Which one person hiking tent? A suggestion

Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Which one person tent should "Our Hiking Bloggers" spend their hard earned cash on?

We are in the market for a single person, lightweight hiking tent. The reason will become apparent in the next few weeks. We posted a question on the Bushwalk Tasmania forum asking Which one person tent should we buy? .

The merry band of gear junkies there came to the party and made several suggestions. mag3000 suggested the Macpac Microlight and posted a photo of his tent taken in September 02 near Solitary Mans Hut, at George Howes Lake in/near the Walls of Jerusalum National Park in Tasmania.

It's summer here in Australia and has occasionally been very hot, so seeing this photo had a very cooling effect. It is a nice bit of spring snow in Tasmania.

As mag3000 says:

"I can vouch for the Macpac Microlight , have had one for years. Mine is the Comp version, which is a little lighter that the standard. I have had no trouble with it in any weather conditions, including snow. The advantage with the tent so small you can push the tent walls out without getting out of your sleeping bag."

We have heard of Solitary Man's Hut but have never been there. A quick search turned up a report from the Warrnambool Walkers regarding a day trip into the area.

This is an edited version of the report:
The history of Solitary Man’s Hut.
A soldier returned from the Vietnam War, unable to face society. He headed for the wilderness to settle out there by Tiger Lake. He built a simple shelter, an A-shaped hut with a fireplace, a bed with a mattress of animal skins and neatly hung essential utensils for daily living. Outside, a large flat boulder served as a platform for his exercises.He would walk and ride a bike that was stashed in the forest down the mountains, to Mole Creek for his rations. He lived in the hut for some years. These days he has settled in Launceston with a family of his own. He returns to the hut sometimes. The door is left unlocked for day walkers and as an emergency shelter.
The track to Trappers Hut is well-marked and well-known. The track then heads east through alpine scrub. Wearing long sleeves for shade on a nice fine day, prickly scoparia scratched our legs. Tiger Lake is about 90 minutes beyond Trappers Hut. Pencil Pines reflect in the dark waters of the lake. Giant mosquitoes are resident. Ken encountered his first leech.We picnicked with the mozzies. We retraced our steps, passing George Howes Lake and many tarns. When the dolerite rocks of Clumner Bluff towered like a fortress we were at the end of our day of walking in a beautiful isolated area near the Walls of Jerusalem.


AktoMan said...

Which tent? Hilleberg Akto obviously. But then, I am biased ;-)

Frank and Sue said...

Yep, this one looks a ripper. Bit on the high side $$ wise but has all the goodies one would want. Have not seen them available in Australia. Thanks for the input

Anonymous said...

The Hubba is the tent against which all others are measured, I think.