Sep 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm #1263025
I am a flat tarp user (Integral Designs 5 x 8) that doesn't use trekking poles. I thought I would post some different configurations I have used or are familiar with.
Please post picures of your setups.
Traditional a frame
continued…Sep 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm #1643481
Didn’t realize how versatile this tarp was. I'm going to have to get it out and see if I can mimic some of these.Sep 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm #1643490
Lean to short
Modified lean to
Modified lean to longSep 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm #1643492
Modified Lean to long
Lets see your tarp setups with or without poles!Sep 7, 2010 at 4:02 am #1643575
Jang-Tian ShiehBPL Member
My MLD monk tarp.
It's a little narrower and longer.(4' X 8.5')
Sep 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm #1643775
Mike MBPL Member
@mtwardenLocale: MontanaSep 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm #1643790
Nick TruaxBPL Member
@nicktruaxLocale: SW Montana
This thread is great and I thank you all.
Currently waiting for a flat 5×8 ID tarp and this is a very informative consolidation of pitches.Sep 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm #2024917
Hart –BPL Member
@backpackerchickLocale: Planet Earth
Wow, this is awesome. Thanks to all contributors. I use waking poles/sticks. I prefer the BD z poles in 110cm. I don't like telescoping poles! BD also make a somewhat adjustable version of the z pole. There is a 85 to 110cm and a 110-125cm. Any feelings on what stick height would be most useful/versatile with the ID Siltarp 1 or similar 5×8 tarp? I am thinking the longer length. Could I get a way with just the 110cm?
How much cord to you usually take? How many stakes? I realize that this depends on terrain, weather, etc. But say for an early september two week walk in the Alps or Pyrenees following a GR route OR perhaps, a two week walk of the JMT in early September.Sep 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm #2024926
Mike MBPL Member
I think you'll have to play around a little bit to find the best length for you. For myself, I found my fully lengthened pole to be best (140 iirc)- if the 110 isn't long enough, simply carry a short pole jack- the weight is small (you can even find them in carbon fiber)
I like to have the cord already attached w/ room for adjustment, again probably something you'll have to play with. Setting up my tarp multiple times in my yard was absolutely necessary imo to insure that everything worked well and to have the confidence that I could get a good pitch in the backcountry.
I carry 5 lightweight shepherd stakes and two beefier stakes that are used on the main guys.
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