(B) Student Practice for Tarp Shelter Lesson

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  1. dub

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    Finally got out for a few hours today. Seemed like a good time to complete this one.

    Used my braided 550 for a ridge line. Was curious if the tautline hitch would still work. It does.
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    The braided line is too big for the bug net on my Eno JungleNest so I had to improvise. Learned the second "knot" watching MCQBushcraft. Works better on a tarp with tie-outs but it worked for me too.
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    Wind was coming from behind and I wanted a good view of the lake.
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    I have set tarps up many many times. They are essential for keeping dry in the wet Pacific Northwest. Here's a tarp set up from a recent 2 week paddle trip on the coast of British Columbia. It actually has two tarps on the same ridgeline, which I use when it gets extra rainy. In this camp we weathered a storm with winds reported over 50 mph. Very intense, but the tarp held its place. The tarp is also a great way to collect rain water, the stick to my right is used to help direct rainwater into a cook pot.
     
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    Hey guys! Here my tarp shelter video.
    Hope it works for you.
     
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    IMG_0418.JPG IMG_0421.JPG braided 550 cord ridge line tied with a truckers hitch. Made toggles with small pine cones and fed them through Prussic loops. More toggles with jam knots for guy lines.
     
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  5. Carlos del Rey

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    Greetings from Spain, first congratulations on the bushclass, is really interesting.
    I'm going to try to do all three levels, this is my first share.

    Shelter with tarp.

    I hope to complete all levels and nice to be here.

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    Here is my first submission for the Bushcraft Class...
    First up is the A-Frame. This was the very first time I've ever built a tarp shelter, aside from all the camo netting shelters I did as a Marine in Iraq and the field, I never made one with actual tarp material in these single man tent variations. I learned a lot and need a whole lot more practice. I referred to Corporal's Corner videos for the guidance. Also, I live in an apartment in the suburbs, and my tarp that I borrowed was 16' x 14' which made me realize bigger is NOT better. I will be purchasing a 10 x 10 from bushcraft outfitters shortly.

    Here's the A-Frame with Wood toggle, aluminum stakes, and various knots (havnt learned the names just yet).
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    And I went ahead and made a Lean-To, came out awkward because of the sewer grate on the ground and the extraordinary size of the tarp and space I had to work with, but I'll keep practicing.

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    I will be taking this tarp out for camping this Saturday and look forward to have a shelter I can rely on! Thanks BCUSA!
     
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    KIMG0299.jpg KIMG0298.jpg KIMG0202.jpg KIMG0208.jpg Here are a few pitches I have used lately with an old rainfly.
     
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    Canvas Tarp setup. I didn't have a tree for the other side of the ridge line so I lashed up a tripod for this side: 005 adjusting tripod.JPG

    Cut a few stakes:
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    Tied out a couple of poles for the overhead:
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    Shot of the shelter:
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    I've used my superfly tarp on a few occasions. It has a lot of tie outs which takes some time, but when it is all set up it's really nice. You can see I've gotten a little better at setting it up as the top photo is this year and the bottom is last year.
     
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    My tarp over my hammock.
     

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    Tarp shelter I made and slept in on my last overnighter. Used no cordage, only a tarp and what nature provided me!
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    Bare bones of the shelter shown without tarp.
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    Simple tarp shelter using poncho

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    Set up a lean to style tarp on today's day trip up the creek... mostly to block the sun so I could take a nap...sun is weather, right?
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    Prussick knot and toggle at top corners along ridgeline. I used the #36 bankline for both and found out its just way too "bitey" for this application...550 next time.
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    Tautline hitches to the pegs and bottom corners. Hi-Vis orange because I hate tripping.
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    The backside shot...those sun spots were my motivation to pop this up.
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    Took advantage of my new MEST and being on dry ground to set my tarp;
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    Kinda spidered out wonky rigging but it was sturdy.
     
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    Set up my Warbonnet superfly today.
    Limited room so had to make do with the extra tree in the way, but it would have provided adequate shelter regardless.
    I used my braided 550, taught line hitch on one end and around the tree and through the braided loop on the other. Used small sticks for toggles to secure tarp to ridge line.
    Cut some stakes for the tie-outs.
    Funny thing was this was my first time setting it up and I had it inside out. I didn't realize it until I was looking for the loops to tie out the middle portion of the tarp and the loops were inside! Oops!
    I'll know next time.
    Thanks as always for the lessons!
    Next time I'm going to use my canvas tarp and rig up Adirondack style.

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    Actually using the knots I learned made this incredibly enjoyable. And the Ridge line I made. Thump chest I am man.
     
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    Here is my tarp shelter. Don't have a hammock yet, so that will pose a different arrangement in a few weeks.

    Used two half hitches and taught line hitches and my ridgeline that I made
     
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    IMG_1318.JPG IMG_1316.JPG A nice really light weight hiking tarp that I found online! Love it and great just to have even just for emergencies!
     
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    I used paracord to create a loop and secure one end of the ridge line

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    I used a trucker’s hitch on the other end.

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    You can see a prusik knot and square knot securing my tarp to the ridge line. I really like the prusik because it allows you to easily move your tarp to cinch it up.

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    I also used a slip knot to secure my stakes and a tautline hitch to the tie outs on the tarp.

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    Final tarp set-up, nice and taught.

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    Realized I posted in the wrong area opps. Fixed it now
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    I usually use my tarp with my hammock but decided to make a little shade in the yard over the weekend to work on some bushclass lessons.
     

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    IMG_0660.JPG My tarp set up with rolling hitches
     
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    Set this up in the back yard over my new hammock for my 3 year old and I to sleep in tonight. I used the braided Ridgeline that I made for the elective tied off with a taughtline hitch and prussics are keeping the Tarp tight with wood toggles. 14967663121740.jpg 14967663255111.jpg 14967663432102.jpg
     
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    Not my best work but the structure is sound. :)
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    Here is one from "Hanging Camp". I got to teach a class on primitive trapping this weekend and was hanging with the hammock crowd. I'm on the right. Yes there was rain.......so much rain.
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    I used a 5 x 7 tarp over my Hammock. It worked well even through some rain.
     

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    Grabber space tarp shelter.jpg blanket set up as a lean-to.
     
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    There is A LOT of room in this.
     

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    Tripod frame tarp shelter.
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    Plow point tarp setup 20170723_140948.jpg
     
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    There were evening thunder boomers in the distance so decided to try a low, kinda plow point turned into the wind. It held up great through some strong gusts, seemed to let the wind around it better than having the point all the way to the ground. No rain fell despite the thunder and lightning, and 30 minutes later it was back to a shade shelter lol . That's July in East Texas....
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    Put a small drop on the lake tarp set up as it was raining a lot and I put my zebra pot down there to catch water. Worked pretty slick. I am really liking all the options of a 10x10 tarp.
     
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    Set up my 10x10 BCUSA tarp with a pretty simple A-frame. 550 cord for the ridgeline, the paracord eye-loop cord for the one stake-line, and the braided cord for the side guideline. At first I tried to use a rock to make a nob to tie the side line to but it wouldn't hold well... 20170722_154143.jpg

    but then I realized that the tiedowns would run along the sides of the tarp if I just rotated the tarp 90 degrees...I'M A GENIUS! :p
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    My son enjoyed the tarp quite a bit as a respite from the sun. Even had to do a bit of carving on the top of the old broom handle I was using as a pole so the cord would stay up and not slip down.

    I'm very glad I practiced, this type of tarp material is very slick and blows away with the slightest wind! Definitely a challenge to set up in a windy day, you gotta stake at least one corner down immediately. Very much looking forward to experimenting with different configurations on an outing this weekend.
     
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    Here is a Tarp shelter I've been building with 3y/o for the past 8months
     

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    Here is one made from 3 mil plastic sheeting with duct tape tabs. I wanted to try these tabs since I figured I might use them on a space blanket shelter some day. I have set up tarp shealters 3 times before. Each time we needed to get out of the rain or sun and didn't have anything other than a tarp or mylar blanket. At the time I didn't know the taught line hitch or how to use a toggle to lock the tarp on the ridge line. The first 3 shelters worked, but they weren't great. This lesson was very helpful. I am ordering a 10 x 10 tarp from bushcraft outfitters today. These tarp set ups are slick.
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    The duct tape tabs worked OK. I couldn't peel them off after they were attached, but an edge on each one is lifted up and rain water might break down the glue.
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    I also tried the slip knot and button method which worked really well.
     
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    Here is my setup, I set my tarp up in the quick deployment method that Mike from MCQ Bushcraft demonstrates on his YouTube channel. Takes less than five minutes to set this, even if you have to carve some tent stakes.

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    The tarp comes out of the stuff sack with the ridgeline already set through the loops. The first end of the ridgeline to attach has a loop on the end, I pass it around the tree and secure it with a toggle.

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    The other end secures around the other tree and after pulling it tight, I put a quick release knot in and secure the loop with a toggle as well.

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    Once the ridgeline is set, I hook each end of the tarp onto a paracord loop prusik knot and secure that with a toggle and stretch the tarp tight.

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    After the ridge is fully set, it's just a simple matter of setting some stakes. I a loop overhand knot into the line and secure that with a toggle as well, I have quick tension guylines on the tieouts to make it simple to tension things up.

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    Tarp setup. This was my last basic class.....looking forward to my outings! 20170812_161416.jpg 20170812_161153.jpg 20170812_155859.jpg
     
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    My first successful tarp setup! I used the Bushcraft Outfitters 10x10 tarp. Since I'm out here in New England, an Adirondack configuration seemed fitting. For the ridgeline I used the braided one I made from the elective lesson.

    I was surprised at the amount of space available under the tarp once I tied the middle back. Could've probably fit a cow in there!
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    Detail of the Tautline Hitch.
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    Nice job! I'm in New England as well.
     
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    My contractor bag and duct tape tarp over my "two stick hammock".

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