Aren’t you excited? I sure am!
It’s my first tent. And ever since my 2nd NZ road trip when we borrowed a fairydown (MacPac and fairydown are the same brand) tent from Unipol (student gym here and yes it rents camping equipment) I knew they were the greatest tents ever. Coloured coded poles? Easy to put up and take down. Awesome. Oh, and they start at around $500NZD… yikes! So I passed it off as a pipe dream for the distant future… Until today!
BF and I borrowed a friend’s MacPac tent this past summer over Xmas. A lightweight 2 man tent (Celeste model – no longer available but we got the equivalent – the Apollo). Greatest tent ever. Two poles. Yeah, you heard me right. Two poles to put up and take down. Super easy. Lightweight. Exactly the perfect size for 2 ppl plus gear and kept us dry in rain, super windproof (other people’s tents were blowing away a couple of nights, but our tent? No way. Sturdy as. Probably due to the awesome design)… This tent is amazing. So when the MacPac mid-season sale rolled around and the tent of our dreams was discounted $200NZD… We couldn’t really resist, could we?
So yes, I’m the proud co-owner (BF and I split the cost) of a new tent, and BF has a sweet new pack (his actually died on the Milford Track). I’ve got pack envy now (the one I want was on sale for a mere $400+! I have to wait for my pack to wear out first though. I also want this almost $400 jacket… in yellow or black. Apparently I have expensive taste). Oh, and we each got a $20 gift voucher to spend in the store, so another $40 worth of camping gear for us! Woo hoo! Can’t wait for tramping season to start again. I think the plan is to do the Routeburn/Greenstone. Tentatively. So yes, undoubtedly there will be hundreds more scenic NZ photos uploaded by yours truly onto facebook in the next year or so. BF and I just heart tramping (this is NZ. It’s hard not to)!