Wild Camping Kit #1 – The Tent

The new Quechua Quick Hiker

 

The wild camping pack I put together contains everything I’ll need for a few days away. Unlike a lot of people I don’t use a big capacity pack for excursions as I’ve found a way of cramming everything into my well traveled 35L Deuter pack.

Shelter is a primary concern when wild camping, even in a hot country like Spain because although it’s getting pretty warm during the day it’s still early in the year and at night it drops quite cold.

Now being a tent geek I get pretty excited about new innovations, improved designs and general outdoor things related to camping. With that in mind I’ve just treated myself to the latest Quechua ‘Quick Hiker‘ tent.

It’s of a similar design to a couple of Vango tents I had my eye on a few years back and consists of an outer shell, two lightweight folding poles (with a nice new ‘bulbous’ end to help it slide through the guide sleeve easier) and a ‘bathtub’ inner which keeps it dry inside and helps keep the bugs out.

It weighs in at 3.38kg which isn’t the lightest option at my disposal (I have a Quechua T2 Ultralight Pro which is just 2.2kg) but I want to give it a test run and as I’m not going too far I can cope with the additional weight.

 

The Quechua Quick Hiker

Poles and pegs from my new Quechua Quick Hiker. Am I the only one getting excited about this?

 

The Quechua Quick Hiker is a three man tent which stands at just over one metre tall when pitched. The innovators behind its design have added some neat features too including dual access (doors either side), soft mesh windows at the top of the inner doors, a vent in the inner roof and some pretty neat lightweight pegs.

The interior also has a cradle at the top which can cope with around 2kg in weight – ideal for torches, a book or some snacks, there are pockets around the inner walls and there’s also a hook for your hanging lantern.

Pitching takes literally a minute and it’s a very rigid thing capable of withstanding high winds and heavy rain. There’s a decent gap between the outer and inner walls which is ideal for stashing your pack (especially if you’re cramming in two people and a dog).

I’m looking forward to my first sleep in the Quechua Quick Hiker and I’ll let you know how it goes with some photos of it pitched and a general review of sleeping in it.

Before that you can read about the planning process and things you’ll need for a wild camping trip by clicking here.

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