Hex Peak 4

Discussion in 'Shelters & Accessories' started by Fossil Bluff, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. dovidola

    dovidola Section Hiker

    I just tied a loop in the apex tape (having ditched the provided buckle part), and looped a cord into which I'd looped a few more loops to that (loopy I know). This gives me a choice of heights so that I can accommodate different pitch heights - just put the Hex's suspension hook through whichever loop suits.
    I'm not much of a photographer I'm afraid; below is the arrangement on its first outing last week. The hook is being used in the green loop (the one I tied in the Asta's tape. I'd set the tent up quite low and it gave a perfect fit - if I set the pitch higher, I'd use one of the yellow loops.
    Hope this helps!

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  2. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Superb!
  3. Paul_C

    Paul_C Trekker

    I pulled the trigger on a Green Hexpeak today! Largely thanks to this thread...and some of the others on the forum.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2019
  4. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    You let me ask all the stoopid questions didn’t you... :D
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  5. Paul_C

    Paul_C Trekker

    :biggrin: I've been trying not to buy one for a while...now that you've cleared pretty much everything up I gave up.
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  6. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter


    Scroll back a bit and see the quick pitch (in German) video I posted - it works very very well. It’ll save you getting annoyed with your new purchase.
  7. Paul_C

    Paul_C Trekker

    Yes I saw that and thought it made sense - that was a nice flat pitch which helps.

    Our car camping tent is a single poled tipi and the pitching method I ended up figuring out for that is the same as that video.
  8. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Trail Blazer

    Just to confirm (as German is one of the many languages that I don't speak), did he pull opposite corners taut and peg them out, and then the remaining corners?
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  9. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Nicht genau. Indem er die Tür an den nächsten Ring rechts hakt, hat er die Tonhöhe von vorne nach hinten auf genau 2xr begrenzt - das hat er mit der Kreidetafel erklärt.
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  10. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Or

    Not exactly. By hooking the door to the next ring to the right he has restricted the front to back pitch to exactly 2xr - Thats what he was explaining with the chalk board.
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  11. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Trail Blazer

    Thanks for that, I'll try it next time.
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  12. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    I know he does this on a piece of flat lawn, but I’ve tried it on a few occasions now in really tight, uneven spots - It just works :)
  13. stonemonkey

    stonemonkey Trail Blazer

    so..........let me get this right....

    he pegged out the 2 opposing corners (middle ones) then just pegged out the rest?

    looks nice and taught and quick
  14. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Not exactly. By hooking the door to the next ring to the right he has restricted the front to back pitch to exactly 2xr - Thats what he was explaining with the chalk board.

    The problem with just pitching ‘fore and aft’ taught is that it puts the structure out of balance.

    The important bit in the video is where he hooks the door retainer to the next point over. If your a theorist then the explanation on the chalk board will reinforce how this works.

    :)
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  15. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    This was a tight pitch - first time up and no adjustment:

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  16. stonemonkey

    stonemonkey Trail Blazer

    that looks tidy.

    ahh i see, well... kind of.

    think i would have to try it out when the rain stops, think i will understand better then when i put it into practice
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  17. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Took me a while after repeated watching but the main points are
    1. Hook door to next ring ( the one on the side the door rolls upto when open )
    2. Peg out 2 opposing corners.
    3. Unclip door from the ring and pull out corners then peg.
    4. Then do for the back of tent.

    Is that right Fb ?
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  18. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

  19. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

  20. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    That diagram’s crap innit :redface:

    Okay

    1. The distance between each primary pegging point is the same as the distance to the centre (pole).

    2. By linking the hook to the next point over, it ties the door peg point to a distance equal to exactly 2 x the radius from the rear peg point ... ie the diameter of the shelter.

    3. Then when you unhook it you can simply spread the sides out and peg them in.

    Have a go :thumbsup:
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  21. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

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  22. stonemonkey

    stonemonkey Trail Blazer

    Just been out and tried it but I hooked the hook to the next ring on the zip side of the panel..... it should be the same but just using the opposing ring?

    Seemed to work ok tho and a nice tidy pitch... just had to adjust the pegs slightly as they were slightly off (I blame my short arm span)

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  23. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Yup that’s perfect.

    I’ve ditched the black tape things - you won’t over-span it using that method.
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  24. stonemonkey

    stonemonkey Trail Blazer

    ahh cheers, ye thats true, i usually leave them on to save taking loads of cord if i need to peg it out mid height but i suppose carrying extra 2mm cord would be lighter?
    i forgot to take the black straps out as i have been meaning to weigh them.

    have you weighed them?

    i was going to sort that clip thing out to hook the inner to the apex but i am on daddy duties atm so had to ditch that for now.
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  25. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    :D No :D

    If I was worried about the weight of a couple of straps then I’d be roughing it under a cuben tarp, sleeping on bubble wrap and gently heating couscous in a titanium spoon over a tea light candle :eek:

    I took them off because they’re

    A) unnecessary

    And

    B) a bleddy trip hazard

    If you pitch the thing properly i.e. the 2 x radius method you shouldn’t need to have any sort of retaining strap or cord.
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