Let’s see those blue tarps in use!

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  1. Ghostshaman33

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    So I’m sure this is gonna get a bit of controversy but we almost all started with the blue Wal-Mart special, hell I still use mine. So let’s see some pics of y’all rocking the blues out in the bush!
     
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    I love them. Fits my budget, easy to acquire and WHEN I burn holes in them I don't cry. 20180813_125004.jpg
    This was our family trip last year. White Mountains NH. Very rainy but very fun.
     
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    The blue tarp is still my tarp of choice. These are all from different trips in the last year.

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    I just used one for an emergency to cover some luggage on a road trip from CO to AZ. That tarp didn't make it and is no longer with us :46:
     
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    I do tend to buy the brown or camo ones... but otherwise they're on par with the blue tarps!
     
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    My wife and kids made theseover the winter in the back yard.

    The bottom one was first. Then they did the top one and roofed it with a tarp.
     
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    Gotta love it. I have one of em “rolled up in JEEP just in case” and “who cares if it gets swiped” rationale
    But I’m still SEARCHIN pics for one in use
     
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    oof not a fan. just get em in brown or green..that blue just hurts my eyes in the woods. I know it is silly but I just don't like em.

    I like the camo tarps at Harbor Frieght
     
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    I’ve been known to use a silver one.

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    I’m a brown or camo tarp type of guy myself. I get them at Home Depot. But I’m loving this thread all the same! What do you say @Ghostshaman33 can other hardware store tarps play too?
     
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    Blue tarps have always been one of those 'funny because it's true' jokes in the Adirondacks; right up there with the 'Adirondack Wave' (swatting black files) and the customary attire 'Shorts and a Coat'.
     
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    Of course they can!!! All tarps are blue inside!
     
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    Also Dollar Tree has (had) a small (4x6ish?) Blue tarp for 1 dollar.

    I keep 2 in my bag. I've tied them together to make a larger tarp, good size for covering gear & fire wood, decent impromptu poncho, ground cloth, deer drag,

    And if u dont like the blue they take spray paint pretty quick.

    Eta. Still have them, if ur store doesn't carry them you can purchase online and have them shipped to yours. I buy freezedried fruit that way.
    https://www.dollartree.com/tool-bench-hardware-blue-plastic-tarps-4x6ft/196572
     
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    Here is a picture of my setup at the Central PA Gathering back in the spring.

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    Check with @ReallyBigMonkey1 he seems to like to use them for a lot of applications.
     
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    This site was a muddy mess! Thank goodness for the tarps.
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    There's about a thousand applications for them cheap tarps. Fold, cut, sew, melt and abuse them. I never buy the blue ones. I get the camo ones from harbor freight or the green ones from Northern tool or tractor supply. They make good bunk beds in the winter
     
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    I agree that the blue ones look a little out of place in the woods. I haven't found any in other colours around here that are as cheap though. Hard to beat those sub $10 prices. :) I'm still trying to get to the point where I can pull the trigger on a lightweight silnylon version, but the purse strings have had to be tightened a little this year, and I'm learning to make due with my existing stock of gear. :dblthumb:
     
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    Blue tarps make life possible!
     
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    Free with harbor freight order...

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    My buddy wanted to go backpacking a few weeks ago and my surplus tent was too heavy... gogo blue tarps! I clipped a bug net to the front and tucked it under my sleeping pad too which worked pretty well.
     

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    Been using a Free Soldier 10x10 tarp for a year now but here is an old pic from an outing at Lamping Homestead here in Ohio.

    Tied the pole (downed tree) and one corner of the tarp to a tree. Staked down two corners of the tarp. Slept like that. Figured if by some chance there was rain then I could pull the third corner over and stake it down. USGI poncho for a ground cloth.
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    The next morning. Was so nice falling asleep just looking up at the stars through the gaps in the trees.
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    I love them. As my tents get older they go over my tent and fly. And I use them as a lean to. They work great for me if it is storming. I can still sit out side, look at the fire, take in the fresh air from the rain. And if I like I can move a table under one and prep my meals without being rained on.

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    As mentioned above by others, I can't get myself to buy a blue one when I can get a brown, green or camo version of those cheap tarps. I just like to try and blend in to the woods too much.

    Here's one me and my buddy and I used as a dry shelter for gear storage and for us to sit under during the inevitable downpours that always besiege us on our multi day trips.

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    @ReallyBigMonkey1 you have some great tarp YouTube videos don't you? Post some links!
     
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    One of those blue dollar store ones in use as a ground cloth.

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    I love using one for a ground cloth when I sleep out under the stars.
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    I note the matching blue chair.
    And it looks like you have the same kind of sleeping pad I have.
    ;)
     
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    A lot of coincidences, the blue chair and tarp weren't intentional.

    But that chair is great, I use it as a walker so I can get up off the ground first thing in the morning, part of the fun of getting old.
     
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    No telling how many I have. Maybe thirty or forty videos? Here's a few of the unusual ones.
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    Cheap Walmart tarp provided a small covered cooking area on a backpacking trip several years ago ...

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    I did my BushClass USA Basic tarp shelter lesson with a 6 x 8 blue tarp I dug out of the garage.
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...arp-shelter-lesson.33191/page-25#post-2756332


    Then I practiced set-ups on one of my outings for Basic using the same tarp.
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/page-65#post-2819433


    Now I mostly use it as a ground sheet under my tent while I use a BCUSA tarp for other purposes. I have also acquired several 5 x 7 free-with-any-purchase Harbor Freight tarps that cover my fire wood, the floor in my art studio, etc.

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    I did my BushClass USA Basic tarp shelter lesson with a 6 x 8 blue tarp I dug out of the garage.
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...arp-shelter-lesson.33191/page-25#post-2756332


    Then I practiced set-ups on one of my outings for Basic using the same tarp.
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/b-5-outings-for-bushclassusa.35146/page-65#post-2819433


    Now I mostly use it as a ground sheet under my tent while I use a BCUSA tarp for other purposes. I have also acquired several 5 x 7 free-with-any-purchase Harbor Freight tarps that cover my fire wood, the floor of my art studio, etc.

    Marlene
     
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    I have used the blue tarps since as long as I can remember. Then I started switching to brown or camo when they were in stock for most of my back woods camping.
    I still use "Big Blue" when car camping. I use it in conjunction with a canopy because I got tired of not always having the right trees on a site, or having trees and having to use 5000 feet of rope and a center log to keep the center up. It also helps a ton when it rains heavy because the water doesn't pool up too bad.

    The only two pics I have of Big Blue and a camo tarp in use.

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    i really don't feel like there's much difference between the blue and the green/brown. i mean, both are cheap! might be the only way i get to play with a 10x10.
     
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    No difference, blue tarp was universal for hardware store tarp :)
     
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    My most recent blue tarp adventure. That's my 5 year old napping in there. :D

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    Just go to Lost Angeles and go down "Tents n' Tarps Avenue".
     
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    Watch out for the poop...
     
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    There was an attempt to build a beach/snow shelter here yesterday, using a 4X6/5X7 blue tarp from the dollar store. The Young Roughians gave up before they got their pit dug, but it was a good start and fun while it lasted. HAHA!!

    We tied the tarp onto the park's balance beam and then to a Willow branch. Each of the 3 Roughians who started the day with me tied two knots each with paracord. The knots were each unique & ugly but they all worked. ;)

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    The digging got boring once the pool opened, but poor Athena has a cold right now so wasn't allowed to go to the pool yesterday. Once everyone else scattered, the light bulb went off and she figured it out. She gave up once swim time was over and a dance party broke out, but that's how it goes with Young Roughians. Oh well. They had fun and that was the main goal. :)

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    Blue tarps are like disposable razors to me. Use a few times, then they are more plastic trash on the way to the landfill.

    But on the upside, if you are new to bushcraft and want to practice setting up different tarp configurations, and buy a cheap grommet tool from harbor freight or wherever, you can install more tie out points, and can have lots of fun experimenting with different configurations in the back yard. Won't be much better than a potato chip in the wind for real life survival in my experience though...
     
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    No photos, but I have used the brown and green ones numerous times for shelter and keep a couple in the car. Do they work, yes . Are there better options, yes.

    The homeless have a camp near my subdivision and use a bunch of them.
     
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    My 'blue tarps' tend to be camo but I do have a white one. It's not my primary shelter but I often stake one out under and/or in front of my tarp or tent to make a clean area to store stuff or take off my shoes. Kind of an outdoor porch.
     
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    I have a couple blue ones for around the house stuff but my woods tarps are brown or brown and green. I always keep a 10x10 (10x12 maybe? Been a while) lashed to my pack. I've used it to cover supplies on canoe trips, a ground cloth for a tent with a bigger tarp covering it in a rainstorm, used it for a tent over a hammock a couple times, and in deer season I've used it to cover my blind in the rain.

    Latest use was a couple weekends ago, a couple of the kids were trying to build a tent in the yard out of small sticks. It was gonna be way too small for them to do anything with, so I showed them how to build a shelter from a tarp and an upturned canoe.
     
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