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    Dale Wambaugh
    BPL Member

    @dwambaugh

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    What is your favorite pitch for a 5×8 tarp with bivy? I'm thinking rain and moderate wind, not for snow.

    Lean-to is the first that comes to mind, laying sideways. My favorite for quick and dirty pitches.

    Lean-to

    A long A-frame is possible, but seems to be a little narrow. MLD adds the tab towards the rear, creating a "hip roof" to close the end.
    A Frame

    Golite shows their poncho tarp with all the corners staked and the center peeled up.
    GoLite poncho pitched as a tarp

    Integral Designs shows an A-frame with the back corners staked down. This seems weatherly.
    Integral Designs poncho shelter

    Ultralight Outfitters shows a modified lean-to
    Modified lean-to

    I found this military illustration. I hadn't seen the bottom one before.
    Poncho shelter

    #1693934
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member

    @here

    Locale: Right there

    I like the one pole pitch. I cheat a little in that my tarp is 5×9 so I can lay in there and not be smashed against the walls.

    tarp

    I hadn't seen the bottom one either. Like a mini mid.

    #1693945
    Dale Wambaugh
    BPL Member

    @dwambaugh

    Locale: Pacific Northwest

    Looks like the short guy lines add a little room too. The GoLight variation looks like you need a wedge for a head :) What are the worst conditions you have weathered pitched like this?

    I wonder if the "mini-mid" could be pulled off with a pole on each side with a line between. That center line could nab a poncho hood and keep it from drooping. It might require two guys on each pole to stabilize them.

    #1693958
    Joseph Reeves
    Spectator

    @umnak

    Locale: Southeast Alaska

    Inner Point Camp

    Foot box is closed and toward the prevailing wind. The hiking pole is set at waist level and the sides could be dropped easily if the wind shifted.

    It snowed the next morning and this kept me dry.

    #1693961
    Tom Clark
    BPL Member

    @tomclark

    Locale: East Coast

    The single pole pitch that Ken shows provides lots of coverage, but if there is a heavy rain with hard ground you will get a muddy splash from the runoff. I've learned that lesson and wished that I had pitched lower.
    Tom

    #1693968
    Larry Dyer
    Member

    @veriest1

    Locale: Texas

    I'm a fan of the pitch Ken showed but with a second pole pulling the roof up and out. It's quite cozy but a bit more room can be achieved for us tall guys by pitching foot end into the wind a touch and propping the head end up a bit with a short stick or something.

    Here I have both end pitched high and the back into the wind. Forgive my cosmetically impaired pitch. It's definitely taught though. :)

    My second favorite is probably the modified a-frame where the foot end looks like an a-frame and the head end looks like a lean-to. If the weather gets squirrelly it isn't hard to reach out and pin the lean to portion down low.

    #1693984
    Ike Jutkowitz
    BPL Member

    @ike

    Locale: Central Michigan

    There was a really good thread on this a while ago with great pictures.
    I usually use the modified A frame Larry described for max headroom. Tight A frame with windward side tight to ground for heavy rain.

    For those that use the half pyramid (one pole pitch), do you have trouble with your head brushing the side?

    pitch

    #1694008
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    most often I use a 1/2 pyramid, head sometimes gets a little close to the tarp if it's raining (sags a little), if I'm pretty sure it's going to rain I go to a A frame or modified A frame

    Photobucket

    #1694053
    tommy d
    Member

    @vinovampire

    Call me boring, but the vast majority of the time I just pitch a lean-to with my 5×8 tarp or a do a modified lean-to that can be dropped into an A-frame. Around here, our weather seems to change quite frequently – rain for an hour, stop, some wind, clears up, stars, drizzle… So, I like having a pitch that I can modify easily during the evening and night.

    #1694065
    Aaron W
    BPL Member

    @adw245

    Locale: Chula Vista

    I was playing with a poncho tarp last summer. I liked the two pole pitch, this gives me a little more head room and more foot coverage. I have only used the setup for wind and mist protection.

    A stealth site just off the PCT in San Jacinto.golite poncho tarp

    #1694157
    Steven McAllister
    BPL Member

    @brooklynkayak

    Locale: Arizona, US

    The closed end A-frame is what I pitch if I suspect snotty weather under a 9X5.

    I usually sleep with my head near the open end, and if the weather changes to blowing rain, I turn me and my bivy around so that my head is at the closed end.

    Otherwise a flying diamond, lean-to or something in between is what I would do.

    #1694161
    Frank Deland
    Member

    @rambler

    Locale: On the AT in VA

    In the wind and cold, I pitch 'em low:

    Here is an 8×10 for two:

    http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1198228962045831896KXVCDT

    #1694178
    Ken Helwig
    BPL Member

    @kennyhel77

    Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA

    A Frame!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well as soon as I get mine down!

    Tarp

    Ummmm this is a joke BTW

    #1694183
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    Ken- what the heck is up w/ that pitch? – looks awfully wrinkled and un-taut ;)

    #1694189
    Ken Helwig
    BPL Member

    @kennyhel77

    Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA

    Pretty bad huh???? Just having some fun!

    #1694200
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    ^ yeah I saw your other thread :)

    #1694204
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member

    @here

    Locale: Right there

    Busted by the Warden!

    #1694218
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    Photobucket

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