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Q&A Tarp ridgeline attachment: over, under or from the edges?

Talking about the basic A-frame formation, where there is a higher up ridgeline going through the middle of a rectangular tarp (non-diagonally) e.g. from tree to tree, and the two sides are pegged ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Michael‭

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Gear Recommendations Ultralight composite fabric single person tarps?

Good rectangular single person tarp made from a lightweight composite fabric such as Dynema or UltraTNT, as these tend to be lighter than the commonly used Silnylon.

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Q&A Are square or rectangular tarp shapes more versatile?

I'd like to try tarp camping. 3m x 3m (9ft x 9ft) and 3m x 4m (9ft x 12ft) tarps of differing material are plentiful and many are even affordable. Which tarp shape is more versatile in the number...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by B540Glenn‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do I need to worry about inadvertently creating a distress signal while using a space tarp?

If I use a space tarp (basically a heavy-duty reusable space blanket) as a sunshade or as a ground tarp with the shiny side facing up, do I need to worry that someone might see it and think that I ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why is oilcloth made with linseed oil?

I've been looking into making an oilcloth tarp. All the sources I have read so far seem to consider linseed oil the only oil to use, and I'm wondering why that is. So, what, if anything, is it abo...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Haem‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a good tarp setup for very high winds above the tree line?

Assuming it's very impractical to get down to reach the tree line; and that the wind is changing direction very often - so a setup with several sides closed would be preferred - what would be a goo...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much of a difference in insulation will a reflective tarp make?

In addition to space blankets, you can get reusable tarps with a reflective coating on one side. For the most part, they are just like regular tarps with grommets for tie downs and are big enough t...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to compactify the long straps on a tent or tarp when not in use?

Tents and tarps have these long straps (sketch here), which may be used to tie them to distant trees. When unused, they can look untidy and become tangled. This can happen both when the tent is in ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by anatolyg‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Spectra/Dyneema groundsheet punctures

I'm about to purchase a full 4.2oz/yd Spectra/Dyneema woven groundsheet (with no coatings) to use under an inflated raft with a 150lb person sleeping on top of it. Question: Is woven full spectra/...

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by themirror‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What to look for in a quality tarp?

I'd like to purchase a tarp as some point, both to put up over a small camp at some point, and to use over a hammock. When I've camped with my uncle he's used a folded over builders tarp, which ha...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Pureferret‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Camping with a tarp, what are risks about animals?

I have never camped using a tarp (and just a sleeping bag under), and I am wondering about it. I am thinking about camping in Canada, and the animals around there are apparently mostly bears and ot...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Vince‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Any luck mixing gear sheds/porches/garages with different brands of tents?

We have an REI half dome 2 plus tent, but during our last trip it rained quite a bit. While this tent has two vestibules, they are low and were mostly filled with gear, so that when we unzipped to ...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Bzrs‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Open-sided tarp in rain

I saw people using a square tarp sort of like this: Will you not get flooded during rain? Specifically, I'm wondering about water flowing in on the ground from the front. Tyically, tents have ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Jenia Ivanov‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to DIY a tent footprint for the 'Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2' tent?

Numerous customers who bought the manufacturer-made tent footprint for the 'Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2' tent reported on Amazon that the tent footprint is poorly made and NOT AT ALL a good purchase....

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by qazwsx‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What could be the cause of condensation on the tent floor?

My girlfriend and I have been staying in a tent for several months now in a friend's garden. Neither of us has camping experience and with the weather getting cold, we are starting to have problems...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Hakan Ergin‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Without rain/snow/wind would it be significantly warmer to sleep under a tarp?

If you are sleeping in a rainstorm it would be warmer to sleep under a tarp, since otherwise you are going to get wet. It would be rather difficult to enclose a space with a tarp to the level that...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A What's the best lightweight pole for a tarp?

I'm considering starting to use a bivvy bag/tarp combination for solo backpacking in the UK (read: no trees where I'll be walking!) Most people seem to use trekking pole(s) for rigging these up wh...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by aucuparia‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why do people who backpack sleep in tents instead of tarps?

I know that this has been debated for some time (whether it is better to sleep in a tent or a tarp) but recently this debate came up between my friends and me, and I am just feeling out this possib...

8 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Carlos‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dealing With Wind Direction Changes When Sleeping In A Tarp

I've recently switched from using a tent to using a tarp, and on the whole I'm really enjoying it, however there is one thing I haven't solved. How do people deal with situations where the wind sw...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Undistraction‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to make a fully-enclosed tarp setup with a 1.4 x 2.4 meter tarp, for one person?

While I am moving more and more towards an ultralight approach to the outdoors, I am discovering that carrying less doesn't only lighten the load on your body; it also puts you closer to the enviro...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A May camping with a tarp be safer than using a tent, in bear country?

I just read this question about bears and tents and according to the answers, if you ever have to use a bear spray, you have to do so outside of your tent (quite reasonably). I am wondering if cam...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A Would 4mil polyethylene plastic make a good tarp tent? Clear Plastic Tarp?

For example the plastic that one can attain from most hardware stores. The heavier plastics that are less prone to tearing, and mainly used for construction. (like here) What are some of pros and...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by jmunsch‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to decide which tarp size to take?

I am thinking about getting some tarp as a 1-person shelter for hiking this summer. There is a large choice of tarps on the market. The difference between them are often the size and the material i...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Vince‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A When is it too cold for Tarping?

I'm looking to get a tarp, and considering when I want to go out with it. My three season tent with the rain fly has pretty good heat retention, and while it doesn't get toasty, it does stay warme...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A What features should I consider when evaluating a hammock-tent hybrid?

I have seen a number of hammock posts which replace the traditional tent structure by incorporating a waterproof bivi as top cover. Have any Outdoors.SE used a system of that description and can...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Venture2099‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the proper way to tarp tent to avoid condensation?

I tried pitching a tarp instead of a tent this weekend. In worked well, kept off the rain etc, except for the condensation. It was far worse than any condensation I've ever had in a tent. We had...

6 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭