Discussion in 'BushClass USA' started by IA Woodsman, Mar 31, 2011.
My submission for the tarp shelter:
Utilized a BCO 10 x 7 tarp.
Lesson learned: I need more stakes...
I took a couple passes at this today. Lots of good lessons learned. First up, simple pup tent setup, as described in the lesson using the three strand braided ridgeline I made in the braiding lesson.
Nylon clothesline is damned stretchy, even more so after braiding. Hard to keep the tension I wanted on it.
Pup tent configuration is very good when your tarp doesn't have a center loop for suspension.
Loose sandy soil right after a big rain doesn't like to hold average length aluminum stakes under pressure.
The ridgeline is heavily bowed, but is tight after significant stretching.
Next up, I set up a lean to using a technora ridgeline I made.
Technora is GREAT. No stretch, lightweight, grippy in an interesting way
Technora is a huge pain in the tail. Tiny, grippy line is a bugger to get tight half hitches out of
When you forget to bring smaller diameter line for prusik knots for the ridgeline, paracord is a lousy substitute. Paracord almost works, but slips just a bit under pressure. In keeping with the spirit of the exercise I improvised some additional ties i would have in my bag to the trees to keep the prusiks from sliding.
Took a second pass at this today... Wanted to experiment with some different approaches. Focused today on using toggles and getting comfortable with using a trucker's hitch.
Toggles for the fixed loop end of a ridgeline really are the way to go. The flexibility and freedom it allows you go largely unremarked. Might just be I noticed it more being somewhat new to tarp usage. When I got something wrong or wanted to change the setup quickly the toggle let me just pull a pin and reset a fixed end. Tarp is an aquaquest 10x10.
Today was knot day... worked with prusik and carabiner setups for attaching to a ridgeline. Tie out toggles attached with tautline and clove hitches. Worked an asymmetrical lean-to close to the ground, with partial front side shelter and a straight up tall lean-to, but using my second ridgline and overhead branch to pull up the center.
Here's my entry for the tarp shelter... I use a few different tarps and styles... Is this acceptable? Thanks.
Today I practiced with the tarp setup.
Honestly, this is a skill I need much more practice on (my Kelty tent has seen a lot of use).
My wife purchased this tarp setup for me so today was a good day to try it out!
I tried several different pitches, but the simple a-frame and plow style were the two that turned out decent.
A tarp ain’t a tent. I need more practice!
Got out today at the nearby state park and setup my tarp for submission for Bushclass. Here it is:
Here is a tarp shelter when i was hammock camping.
Here is my hammock set up for our 3 night Current River float trip. I have now upgraded to an ENO XL that is lighter and easier to pack. We still bring the roofer tarps for “just in case” situations. They are much more durable than the light nylon flys and I don’t mind putting them through some abuse that I would not subject the high end hammock tarp through.