Old Friends: Scarp 1 and Lightwave Ultrahike 60

For my little bimble to Wiley Gill I reacquainted myself with a couple of old friends, the Scarp 1 and the Lightwave Ultrahike 60. What a pleasure! It’s about two years since I’ve used the Scarp and longer since I’ve used the Ultrahike.

I love the Scarp. It’s just the right size. Large enough to spread out all your gear, yet still quite compact. It’s so easy to pitch too. After using mids for the past two years, the extra headroom both lying down and sitting up was luxurious. I love having two porches as well. It would be nice if it was a bit lighter but it’s difficult to see how this can be achieved economically or without compromising the design. It’s certainly one of the best tents ever made.

The Lightwave Ultrahike 60 is also a great design. In particular, the split hipbelt makes for possibly one of the best carries of any rucksack. Ok, it’s a bit heavier than something like the GG Mariposa, but it is a joy to strap on your back. It’s nice to have a lid pocket too. The only drawback is a lack of hipbelt pockets. To compensate I used a lightweight Inov-8 belt pack (reversed) for bits and pieces I needed to access quickly.

Both the Scarp and Ultrahike have stood the test of time and are still in production, albeit the Scarp has been slightly modified. Where weight is not the ultimate criteria, it’s difficult to better either.


3 thoughts on “Old Friends: Scarp 1 and Lightwave Ultrahike 60”

  1. Agree about the Ultrahike. Very supportive and comfy hipbelt. The carry is better than my Mariposa and Arkblast 60. Shame tjhere is no mesh
    though. That would be very useful I am considering ordering a Scarp 1 as although my Strat 1 is good and has about 26 nights on it ,it is really a modified mid. I find at a whisker under 6ft 1 the inner touches my head and feet with s/bag and exped.
    Can also be a bit tricky to set up if you are in a hurry. In my seventies now so weight and comfort becomes increasingly important,but prepared to accept the weight for the benefits of the Scarp.
    Also with mids you lose your poles and I love my Pacers. Made a big
    difference to my walking compared to umpteen others I have tried over the years.

  2. Thanks for the tip , Robin . Have put my name down as out of stock.
    The Strat is a good tent . Very solid in the wind and a good height. You
    have to be careful with the pictlock ends and replace with 3mm guys ,and also lengthen them. Otherwise they slip in the wet. Also I find it essential to tighten the guys hard before retiring otherwise the inner will touch due sagging. There is a lot of fabric in the tent. The inner width is the same as the old Scarp but without the vertical ends

    You can drop the inner down a bit which widens the floor space ,but then you lose the bathtub and some height. Huge porches.

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