Jun 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm #1291493
Hi all, so i am heading out for philmont on july 28th, on trek 26. So my gear is all set to go, and i am very happy with how it is all working out, but looking at the philmont issued dinning fly/ tarp i would really like to bring a lighter option. I just recieved 6 yards of 1.1 oz silnylon from quest outfitters, and was thinking about making a tarp, as well as some lightweight stuff sacks. So i know that the philmont issued tarp is 10 by 12, but was wondering if i could make one a bit smaller, around 8 by 10 or so. There are 12 members of my crew, if that has an effect on the tarp size. Any designs, or advice would be greatly appriciated. Thanks!!
-SeanJun 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm #1890984
There are 2 main uses for the tarp at Philmont. First is to put your backpacks under at night. I am sure you can fit 12 packs comfortably under an 8 by 10 tarp. The second use is to cook and eat under when it rains. I don't know how many people can fit under it and still have room to cook. It all just depends how willing your crew is on this idea.
JayJun 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm #1891103
@dallasLocale: North Texas
With the frequent August afternoon thunderstorms I would recommend the larger tarp.
It is really nice to have an area to huddle under, and you can't really fit 12 people and gear under that small of a small tarp.
I think I would rather carry a few more ounces of tarp and not need it, than need it and not have it.Jul 3, 2012 at 4:10 am #1891841
@berklichLocale: Northern Mid-West
So can you realistically get 12 under a 10×12 tarp pitched with hiking poles? We are usually smaller crews so haven't tried it yet.Jul 4, 2012 at 8:26 am #1892175
Il had that same question/ concern how are you supposed to get 12 full sized guys under a 10 by 12 tarp in the first place? Does anyone have any tips or advice on that?Jul 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm #1892293
We opted for a 10'x14' tarp for our crew of 13. We leave for Philmont today so I can't comment from experience, but from my back of the napkin calculations I couldn't see how we would fit 13 under a 10'x12' tarp. Smaller crews, maybe. Plus, the Philmont provided tarp is 12'x12' or 144 sq ft and a 10'x14' is 140 sq ft.Jul 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm #1892483
In 2008 and again this year, the crew used a 10 x 12 tarp and used two trecking poles. No problem fitting 12 under.
To see setup, around 3 min 22 seconds, you can see tarp in "action"
Works great and has been on three trips with no complaints.
CurtJul 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm #1892495
Thank you all very much for the feedback, so i guess i will go with the 10 by 12 siltarp. now to make it…that will be another animal haha.
Thanks a ton for the video, i just used the same song in a video i made for a camp i worked at. I was just wondering where your packs where when you were under the tarp eating/ staying dry.
Again, thank you all
-SeanJul 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm #1892512
Nice video. In 2010 we exited where you started … brought back memories.
But had to smile at the crew shirts … white when trail bound but I'm guessing gray when home bound:-)
Our troop has a 2013 slot but I won't be going (leaving room for dads with sons going … plus there are other trips I want to do while still able)Sep 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm #1908240
@smcdindelmarLocale: San Diego
Tyvek Fly worked well during two big storms the group encountered.
Nothing special about the design. No real cutting, taping, sewing beyond using about ~12 feet from the ~10foot wide roll the stuff came on and adding 4 gromments on each side.
Prior to adding gromments placed some clear duct tape at each spot for some reinforcement and put the gromments in about an Inch…
Also second time around using this Fly at Philmont.Sep 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm #1908303
what it the wt of the tyvek tarp?
I think the tyvek is 1.6oz/yd?
So 10×12 should be 21 oz + grommets and tape
Id guess 24 oz all together
Not bad for $30Sep 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm #1908541
This should be called Dining Fly on Steroids. Did you pack separate poles for this or use trekking poles? Looks like you could put an entire village under that…..Sep 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm #1909003
WOW that tarp is huge! This is the tarp that i ended up making, and bringing to philmont, it worked really well. Each tie out point had a 6 foot guy line, and we set it up most nights with three treking poles, which allowed us to get in and out easily, and gave our packs tons of coverage at night from rain. here is a link to the video of the tarp. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-pPc2DFe9ISep 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm #1909536
@smcdindelmarLocale: San Diego
With the guide ropes it came out to 28 oz
Also my measurement was off. It is closer to 14 feet long.
I was surprised they let us use it…
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