tarps in tight quarters

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  1. chansta

    chansta keeper of the flame Supporter

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    I'm going to be spending a couple weeks at my parents place, which backs up to some property. While there are trees a plenty, it's dense in there. I just got a new dutchware half zipped hammock and I'm ready to sleep in the hammock a few nights to give it a good test.

    My question is.. when you have two trees the perfect distance apart for a good hang, but it's not the perfect place for a tarp...is there a trick?
     
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    Since it is property your family owns, (I’m assuming?) do a quick trim to clear an area.
    A folding saw and some pruners can be enough to do the job. Sometimes I’ll just use my Leatherman.
     
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    Maybe run a smaller tarp and trim the surrounding brush. The 5x7 backpacker tarp from stuffmart runs about 8'-6" on the diagonal. It provides sufficient coverage in a light rain while still offering airflow and some view.
     
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    Underneath the tarp does not need to be cleared. If the hammock fits, you are good to go. Imagine just the hammock in the spot, the tarp just goes above it. Other saplings, etc... are good tie off points instead of using stakes. Its ok if weeds are touching the underside of the tarp.
     
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    Not over a hammock
    Most camping hammocks have a 10 to 11 length.
     
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    I've used this tarp over my hammock on several occasions. When I said "light rain", I should have specified that I was referring to a brief shower type rain....not an all nighter.
     

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