Tarptent Scarp 1 in Iceland

December 7, 2014

A few shots of the Tarptent Scarp 1 on the Laugavegur Trek in Iceland, July 2013. These are iPhone photos — the Nikon DSLR didn't get to go on this trip…

TarpTent Scarp 1

I took the Tarptent Scarp 1 on the Laugavegur Trek in Iceland. Aside from a shakedown in my backyard in Pennsylvania and a night at the Reykjavik campground, the trek was the tent’s first outing. It performed extremely well.

TarpTent Scarp 1

The dual side vestibules gave me a ton of extra space. I used the far side for wet, muddy gear, and the entrance side for boots and temporary storage. You can use either side as a door. (And yes, I could have tightened that sagging panel a bit more.)

TarpTent Scarp 1

I brought a set of crossing poles for support in high winds, but never used them. The arch sleeve pullouts, seen here, provide extra stability. The crossing poles would add even more strength in very strong winds.

TarpTent Scarp 1

A closer view of the arch sleeve pullouts.

TarpTent Scarp 1

The roof vents helped avoid condensation while keeping out the constant mist and rain.

TarpTent Scarp 1

Built-in poles at each of the four corners create extra space in the head and foot-box areas of the tent. They’re strung for easy tightening to keep the Scarp 1 taught.

TarpTent Scarp 1 Interior Head

The head of the bed — the pack made a good pillow.

TarpTent Scarp 1 Interior Feet

The foot of the bed, with sleeping bag balled up. I sealed the tent's seams with silicone before I left. Only had one tiny leak at the top center because I missed a spot with the silicone. I wrapped a bandanna to the top-center hook where the drip came through. It stopped the problem because the cloth absorbed all the moisture.

Tarptent Scarp 1 by Tarptent

Guidebook? I bought a map and booklet in Reykjavik published by Ferðafélag Íslands (FÍ), the Iceland Touring Association. Rented a GPS and cooking equipment in Reykjavik, too.