A while back, we asked readers for their best tarp pitches using the fewest poles or guylines. Presenting our favorites:
The best way to pitch a tarp is with NO poles, six stakes, and only ONE guyline!
I ran the ONE guyline from the front stake up through the poncho neck hole right to the overhanging tree branch. All the other corners are staked directly to the tarp. Fast, easy and the best!
Tarp Lean-to Shelter: A 9 x 12 foot tarp or plastic gives a 4-foot wide ground cloth under the single bed, a 3-foot wall, and a 5-foot awning. The reflector behind this fireplace is an inverted V of rocks as tall as you can easily roll into place. It also serves as a chimney to help channel smoke up, no matter which way the wind blows. By keeping the awning angled upward, it sheds rain off the back and doesn’t trap smoke.
It’s important to pick a site that will remain sheltered from later strong winds. A cross-pole, fallen log or tall rock behind tarp-wall provides a back-rest. Tarp size for a double bed is 9 x 18 feet. If biting insects are not a problem, I much prefer this to a tent. With a stack of firewood within reach, a back rest, and a view, it makes for a happy camp, rain or shine!
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