Aug 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm #1261797
I've gone from this
which can also be pitched in this manner.
My new tarp is 8' x 10' and flat in configuration. I wanted the flexibility of being able to pitch in different styles. After my recent trip on the AT I found that I wasn't fond of slithering under the beaks of my silnylon tarp to gain entry. :-)
The lack of a catenary curve doesn't make the A frame pitch the tightest of pitches but I gave that up for the flat configuration and multiple pitch options. One more consideration was the height of the entrance. The lack of beaks and the placement of my tieouts lets me raise my entrance to @ 53" if I so desire which is the length of my trekking pole fully extended.
I plan to explore more pitching options and quite possibly add a few more tieouts to aid in pitching it differently. It weighs 2.2 ounces more than my silnylon tarp but covers a good deal more area. It tips the scales at 13 ounces in its stuff sack.
I'm using shockcord tensioners and a "Triptease like" reflective polyester line from Cabelas for the guylines.
Show me your pitches.
NewtonAug 2, 2010 at 10:43 am #1634230
@vickrhinesLocale: Central Texas
Nothing beats a flat tarp for versatility. There are probably a dozen useful configurations.Aug 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm #1634914
Lawson KlineBPL Member
Nice job. I think I have seen that spinnaker before but the last time I saw it, it was on a roll. hahaha.
LawsonAug 4, 2010 at 7:54 pm #1634951
>>it was on a roll. hahaha<<
It rolled from FLA to WA to LA. :-)
Thanks to you and Aaron, Mr. Singer and Gutermann I now have a new piece of gear.
NewtonAug 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm #1634958
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@biointegraLocale: Puget Sound
It looks very nice John. Thanks for sharing the photos and thanks for the stuff sack.
/aaronAug 4, 2010 at 8:45 pm #1634965
A small reward for your generosity and patience. :-)
You are very welcome. I enjoyed making it.
NewtonAug 5, 2010 at 9:45 am #1635081
@kieranLocale: Seattle, WA
flat tarps apparently make your yard nicer too :P
no but really, i think i'll be getting a flat one too for the same reason.Aug 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm #1635142
To everything there is a season.
The gray tarp pic was in February of this year. :-0
It was one our coldest winters on record, hence the beautiful straw color of my back yard. :-)
So you're getting a flat tarp to make your yard a prettier shade of green? ;-)
NewtonAug 15, 2010 at 7:08 pm #1637688
Jamie ShorttBPL Member
@jshorttLocale: North Carolina
John, Funny …my latest MYOG project was a a simple flat 5'x8' tarp. It weighs in at exactly 7.0 oz. Here are a few pics.
There is just something pure about such a simple shelter.
JamieAug 18, 2010 at 11:53 am #1638441
Pure, simple and light! You hit all the high points. It looks great.
Your MYOG Goes to the Mountains article got my sewing machine all revved up again.
It's not quite finished as of yet. In the pic it is stuffed full of pillows. :-)
There are more details and pictures on this thread.
Thanks for posting the pictures that show the different pitches that are possible with a flat tarp.
NewtonAug 18, 2010 at 11:57 am #1638442
Roger BBPL Member
I think Newton actually intended this thread
Nice pack BTW well doneAug 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm #1638451
Thank you for the compliment and for fixing my broken compass. :-)
I made the neccessary repairs to my compass and edited the link in my post. ;-)
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