Tarp setups for 7x10?

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  1. woodsranger

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    Just picked up the BCO 7x10 tarp, and now I'd like your suggestions on the "best" configurations that fit the 7x10 shape. I'm a rookie at this, so simpler is better! I know the basic lean-to and a-frame setups, but is there anything else that blocks wind better and would also allow me to have a warming fire either inside or at the entrance?

    I've seen a "plough" that looks like it might work, but can that be done with a rectangular 7x10?
     
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    Tagging along for the replies. I’ve never camped with just a tarp (I’ve always had a tent) and I’ve been looking at configurations for the BCO MEST setup 5x8 and the 10x10.
     
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    @alukban... i think the 10x7 plowpoint is one of your favorites... got any pics to share here?
     
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    Yes it is @Seeker ! :)

    I also have a 7x9 from BCUSA before they made 7x10’s.

    I do happen to have a pic of 7x10 (dark brown, Silnylon) right next to a 5x7, “mated” together :D

    You can see that I matched the short sides so you can get the length out of it and sacrifice some height. 10’ run along the ground will pretty much cover anybody - even Shaq. If you want more hanging space to sit, run the 7’ length along the ground instead.

    (the one on the right is the 7x10 - my kid is about 4’ 10”)
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    Even the smaller BCUSA poncho is excellent as a plowpoint or diamond setup for a single person and that is only about 5x8. It will be low but one can lift the back end and stuff/chink the light with debris to gain height/volume. The poncho is pretty much the smallest I would use with a hammock - would run the whole thing super close to the ground and use uneven terrain to help close “the sides” towards expected weather.

    (BCUSA poncho is semi-plow mode in my apartment)
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    The 7x10 is really neat for hammocks BTW because I have found a config “on paper” which works with a 5x7 MEST that allows you to seal off one end of a hammock very well, particularly if one added velcro on the edges. If set up on a slope, sealing one end thusly can be very helpful.

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    AHA! A "plow" not "plough." I'll do a search and try to find a video that shows how to set it up to get that shape. Looks like it'll stop wind from 3 sides and let me have a fire in front of it too.

    Thanks!
     
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    I use these same tarps and configurations quite often which are in this vid.

     
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    image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg Ok. This isn't a BCO tarp like your but rather an old Integral Designs. I prefer the old ID or Rab tarps (same tarps) to the BCO for their quality of materials and better stitching.

    Anyway, here's the possibility of an tarp shelter.
     
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