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Started by Maeve McMayhem, April 23, 2013, 08:22:52 AM
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Quote from: Orphena on May 27, 2013, 10:11:13 AMTarping - yes. In my mind, your tarp is more important than your tent! I probably have about 5 tarps, one of them is large enough to cover an entire campsite - or 3 tents plus a generous eating / living area. If there are trees, use them. Put one rope up as high as you can - this is your rafter. If there are no trees - go for tarp poles, you won't get as high, but 8 - 10 feet would be perfect. Collapsable tarp poles don't take up much room (length yes, width no), and I have about 4. The other secret is BUNGEE CORDS. Once you have your rafter up, drape the tarp over it, and bungee the edges out to where - ever you can. Use multple bungee cords at first (I have been known to string 5 or 6 together), and then go around and take a few out to really stretch out the tarp. The bungees will take a lot of the strain off the tarp, and allow you to keep the tarp up even in windy conditions. I probably have about 30 bungees in my camping kit, that plus tarp poles, and 100 feet of rope will let me put up a good tarp in most areas. I also use tarp holders http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4/Auto/Towing/Tarpaulins/PRD~0763085P/Coghlans+Tarp+Holder.jsp?locale=en and http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4/Auto/Towing/Tarpaulins/PRD~0402594P/EZ+Grabbit+Premium+Tarp+Holder.jsp?locale=en that allow me to attach to any point of the tarp, not just where the existing grommets are. (Sorry - I'm Canadian, not sure where to advise you to find it in the USA!) I try to get the tarp up first, and then put the tent up under it. Try to remember to have one low corner to encourage rain, dew, etc to drain off!I have noticed that some National Parks (USA) will not let you tie anything to trees - so research before you go!
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