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neverfales
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02/09/2010 10:20PM
So my tripping partner is quickly becoming a "tarp pitching junkie"...you know, the kind who sets it up, tweaks, tweaks again, then gets a whole new idea and breaks it all the way back down so that he can re-pitch it and tweak some more. Drives me nuts, but the guy is really getting good at it.

Anyone else out there get so proud of their awesome tarp-job that they just have to take a picture? We're always looking for new ideas, and who doesn't like to brag a little?

C'mon...show me yours!
 
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02/10/2010 08:10AM
We were on Lil' Sag last Spring and the weather turned bad. One of the guys mentioned he brought a tarp & fetched the "green monster" from his bag. I'll be the 1st to admit, I'm not fan of these monstrosities. But I didn't carry it in, or have to carry it out, so I didn't complain (too much). I turned it into a learning experience for everybody else and used my old Scout "pioneering" skills & taught them all about lashing. With a little help from Mr. Ducttape, this stoodup to the rain/drizzle/wind and kept us dry and comfy for the next 4 days. Hopefully nobody paddled past this eyesore that week.

(note: No live trees were hurt in this production)

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02/10/2010 08:44AM
I don't know that I would say we're so proud of these we had to show them, but here they are. A Tyvek tarp rigged by my husband, to keep off rain and/or wind.





02/10/2010 08:59AM
Nojobro - I like those little clips you used. I've read a lot of good things about those on different posts. I think I better pick some up.
02/10/2010 09:16AM
None of my pitching techniques are anything to "write home about", but if you want to see some tarps pitched ...








02/10/2010 09:18AM
Just don't leave those style of clips on very long, especially on coated nylon, they will ruin the waterproofing. Put on, use tarp, take off. Also not a huge deal, because they are on the edge of the tarp. But leave them on a short a time as possible. Maybe no issue for tyvek. They work great where needed.
02/10/2010 09:49AM
Here's one setup I experimented with last fall on my solo.
02/10/2010 10:29AM
Merganser
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02/10/2010 12:47PM
I am a total tarp junkie. I typically take a few photos of each campsite and tarp shots are always among them. These are a few that were already in my library...

nojobro
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02/10/2010 01:03PM
quote Vanny: "Nojobro - I like those little clips you used. I've read a lot of good things about those on different posts. I think I better pick some up."

Mr. Nojobro really like those. Got the idea from rlhedlund (matter of fact, got the Tyvek from him, too!)
nojobro
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02/10/2010 01:05PM
quote buz: "Just don't leave those style of clips on very long, especially on coated nylon, they will ruin the waterproofing. Put on, use tarp, take off. Also not a huge deal, because they are on the edge of the tarp. But leave them on a short a time as possible. Maybe no issue for tyvek. They work great where needed."

I don't know whether it's a problem with Tyvek, but we always took them off, anyway. Because the next time we'd set it up, they went in different positions....so no point in leaving them on.
02/10/2010 01:26PM
If I use a tarp, it goes up first and comes down last.




This setup shielded the tent from 50+ mph winds.
02/10/2010 01:42PM
My tarp is the first thing up and the last thing down each day. For canoe camping a tarp is one of the most important items we take. I am not very creative in setting up my tarp. Whatever works is fine with me.
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02/10/2010 03:21PM
I am also a tarp junkie. One of my prime criteria for selecting a camp site is whether there are good trees near the fire ring for a tarp. I have left many pretty campsites that had the fire ring out on a bare point with no trees.

For every campsite picture, there is always at least 1 tarp shot.

My basic setup is usually the same:
- four corners to trees. I like to use fairly long ropes and trucker's hitches for these. Then when the wind direct changes, I can quickly change which corners are low and which corners are high.
- I like to find a dead long stick to use as the center pole. The CCS tarps have a very nice setup for securing the center pole.

Another trick is using exposed roots for the low-side tie outs. When it rains with high winds, it is nice to have the upwind end very low. By tying to exposed roots, you can tie low. Also, the roots are extremely strong. So you don't have to worry about pulling the out like tent stakes.

The last shot is a Eureka screen house. We took it in without the poles so it weighed very little. By rigging it like a tarp, we had very comfortable protection from the evening mosquitoes.

Here are a few picutres:
gutmon
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02/10/2010 04:28PM
02/10/2010 04:59PM
2 set up together
Adams Lake
a porch to stay out of the rain
Noahs Tarp
to keep out wind driven rain

butthead
02/10/2010 05:12PM
canoencowboy
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02/10/2010 05:30PM
02/10/2010 06:30PM


Not a great picture of the tarp, but I am in the Tyvek camp. Use the pebble trick for tie down points.
02/10/2010 06:49PM
another use for BDB's
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02/10/2010 06:59PM
Last campsite, Day 26 and 27, of Quetico 2009 trips...rain finally ended...

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02/10/2010 10:35PM
This is the tarp we used for our gear last year. Constantly changing wind and rain made this configuration a necessity.



I can't show you the tarp for our use as I am sworn to secrecy over our superior tarping skills and knowledge(that and I can't find the photo right now), but needless to say, you would be amazed.
neverfales
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02/11/2010 02:28AM
Cowdoc, you can really pitch a tarp, man. How in the world do you get some of those ropes up so high in the trees? You bring a monkey in with you?
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02/11/2010 06:31AM
what the heck, might as well show mine.
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02/11/2010 06:36AM


BTW, my tarp is directly related to nojobro's.
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02/11/2010 07:07AM
ccs rocks!

02/11/2010 11:39AM
quote kanoes: "another use for BDB's "

Been there, done that, works great. My CCS tarp has a tennis ball tied into the "socket" with a hole in it for a stick or a telescoping tarp pole.
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02/11/2010 12:07PM
For those of you who set up your tarps over the fire grate, aren't you worried about embers blowing up and putting a hole in it? Those CCS tarps aren't cheap. If I got one, I'd be more inclined to having it set up off to the side as a "just in case" shelter. Sometimes my buddies and I get a little rambunctious when it comes to the fire and pack that sucker about as full as she'll go. :)

note: never, ever, out of control or outside the grate, though.
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02/11/2010 01:12PM
Not a great job of tarp rigging but it kept us and the gear dry for the week.
02/11/2010 01:25PM




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02/11/2010 02:14PM






The top one is my Sportsman's Guide nylon tarp - great buy. It seems like one of the poly tarps always finds its way along too. Many's the time we've tarped off two areas or needed one as a windbreak.



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02/11/2010 04:24PM
Kiporby,
The picture with your daughter(?)under the tarp is great. Made my day.
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02/11/2010 04:26PM
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02/11/2010 04:31PM
02/11/2010 04:42PM
Drying Out, Crab Lake!
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02/11/2010 04:58PM
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02/11/2010 08:38PM
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02/11/2010 10:09PM
Living the Dream...

02/17/2010 11:57PM
CCS 15 x 15 "Rookie set it up"
No tree's at this site --- Nice shade for six

SunCatcher
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02/18/2010 05:02AM


No good tent pad but the view was better in the morning.
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02/18/2010 10:00AM
moose plums
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02/18/2010 11:16AM
On Oyster Lake.
02/19/2010 11:51AM
This winter I set up a tarp in the dog kennel to block the wind coming through the board fence. I used a no-knot method of attaching the tarp to a rope that I learned from Tamia Nelson. I couldn't find her pictures so I took a few to share here. These show short dowels, but in the field I use sticks. This method does a great job of tensioning the edge of the tarp, and if the grommets or loops match, it also makes joining two tarps easy.

02/19/2010 04:18PM
Another Thought on Tents and Tarps that's worked great for us,
Take one, two or however many it takes, bungee dealy bob's and wrap around bigger rock to anchor down tent or tarp when there ain't no soil or trees where you need it anchored. The elasticity of the bungee dealy bob's and the weight of the rock work hand in hand at holding tent's and tarps in place. look close at this picture an you will see it, did the job on the tent, and we also had one on the corner of the tarp. I ussually bring about 16 dealy bobs per canoe, as they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

SunCatcher
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02/19/2010 06:59PM
Boppa, just curious where that campsite is. I love the picture.
02/19/2010 09:36PM
bapabear,
We liked that campsite a lot as well. It is on Crab Lake site# 312, it has a fine canoe put in to the right that connects the left and right arm of that bay.
Boppa
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02/19/2010 10:10PM
I look forward to visiting that site someday.
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09/18/2010 03:08PM




Lake Three in Aug.
sleepnbag
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09/18/2010 03:11PM
quote sleepnbag: "





Lake Three in Aug."


Ok...so you might have to zoom in a bit :)
09/18/2010 06:29PM
Heritage


Seagull.
sleepnbag
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09/18/2010 07:25PM
quote Amok: " Heritage



Seagull."


I Guess there is at least one advantage to Kayaking:)
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09/18/2010 08:22PM

OK, so on the other thread about what you are really good or bad at? I forgot to list tarp hanging under "worst"... Campor silnylon tarp.
09/18/2010 09:46PM
I'm actually using that paddle in my solo canoe. It's short, and I brought that yack paddle as my spare. I still prefer a normal paddle.
BWPaddler
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09/19/2010 09:14AM
quote BWPaddler: "OK, so on the other thread about what you are really good or bad at? I forgot to list tarp hanging under "worst"... Campor silnylon tarp."
On second thought, that is my tarp, but I just remembered I didn't hang it that trip... then again, I still suck at it. Hope I have time to bone up before this next trip. Maybe I can share a different pic soon.
gutmon
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09/19/2010 04:02PM
I should have asked, "Do we get beads?" :)
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09/20/2010 08:53PM
I can't believe I am saying this, but "Nice Tarps". So, where is the best place to purchase one of these? Mine just shredded to pieces in high winds on Rose Lake.
09/20/2010 10:43PM
I've just got this cheap Campmore tarp. I'm looking for a lighter one now, I'm thinking I need two. Especially if I ever switch over to my hammock!
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09/21/2010 12:08AM
Scout64
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They are also a board sponsor
CB
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09/21/2010 08:39AM
Hail to our sponsors but if your budget is tight, sportsman's guide has a nice tarp for about thirty bucks! We had one hung at wingnight if you want to search for picks. I have the same tarp and so far it has served me well. Haven't tested it in really high winds yet.
09/21/2010 09:03AM
I checked on Tuesday (they are closed Sun and Mon) and I didn't find any. But yeah, that was a nice tarp for the $$$!
09/26/2010 12:23PM
quote Koda: "If I use a tarp, it goes up first and comes down last.





"

Koda, that photo reveals the best reason for bringing a second tarp. Great idea for dry potty visits. Thanks.
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09/26/2010 07:54PM
I have a 1 pound 8x10 sil tarp that has been through a lot.

steven
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09/27/2010 08:48AM
Tarp with mosquito netting clipped on:


09/29/2010 11:20AM
Steven; Cool setup. It looks like you used these to clip on the netting.

I usually take a dozen or so along for clothespins, bag clips, etc.
BWPaddler
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09/29/2010 11:59AM
quote Koda: "If I use a tarp, it goes up first and comes down last.

"

I was SOOOOoooo thinking about this last week on my trip. Rain and more rain and a bit of an "upset system" made me wish a Koda Kovering would magically appear over the throne... Alas, I had to make do without.
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09/29/2010 01:50PM
quote BWPaddler: "quote Koda: "If I use a tarp, it goes up first and comes down last.


"

I was SOOOOoooo thinking about this last week on my trip. Rain and more rain and a bit of an "upset system" made me wish a Koda Kovering would magically appear over the throne... Alas, I had to make do without."


I think you coined a new term "Koda Kovering". Hopefully Koda will appreciate it. It's not every day a man gets something as auspicious as new term named in his honor.
steven
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09/29/2010 03:02PM
quote AndySG: "Steven; Cool setup. It looks like you used these to clip on the netting.
I usually take a dozen or so along for clothespins, bag clips, etc."


Andy - you are correct. I bought a bag of the little clips for $3. I came to this idea after thinking for a long time about how I was going to sew velcro onto the tarp and screen. The clips worked great.
BWPaddler
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09/29/2010 04:33PM
steven - do they rust?
mooseplums
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09/29/2010 05:25PM
Last week
MagicPaddler
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09/29/2010 06:03PM
quote AndySG: "Steven; Cool setup. It looks like you used these to clip on the netting.

I usually take a dozen or so along for clothespins, bag clips, etc."


I use those clips to hold my map to the thwart.
09/29/2010 06:06PM
last friday. it was a hunker down day.
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09/30/2010 09:44AM
quote kanoes: "last friday. it was a hunker down day.
"



Yup, I thought about you while I was hunkered down under my tarp.
steven
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09/30/2010 10:27AM
quote BWPaddler: "steven - do they rust? "
Great question! They don't seem to rust quickly. I didn't notice any rust when I packed them away on the last day of the trip. I will try to remember to check them tonight to see if rust has formed since the trip. If they do rust after a trip or two, I wouldn't care too much since they are cheap.
BWPaddler
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09/30/2010 10:36AM
quote mooseplums: "quote kanoes: "last friday. it was a hunker down day.
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Yup, I thought about you while I was hunkered down under my tarp."

I didn't think of either of you (no offense!), but I did hunker down under my tarp for cooking a pancake breakfast... then "wasted" the day away with some reading and the longest nap I've had since kids!! Turned out to be an OK day after all.

Thanks steven, let us know.
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10/01/2010 12:29AM


tony
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10/01/2010 06:10PM
quote mooseplums: "Last week "Looks like my walrus 150 tarp. I wish they had not gone out of business. They made some great products. I know I enjoy the tarp I have from them. I have not seen too many of them around.

tony
vickieh69
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10/03/2010 01:07PM
quote kanoes: "another use for BDB's "

Great idea...never thought of using my paddle for the center. Thanks
10/03/2010 01:43PM
Lilcowdoc refers to it as "archi-tarp-ture"
10/03/2010 04:25PM
quote SevenofNine: "quote BWPaddler: "quote Koda: "If I use a tarp, it goes up first and comes down last.

"

I was SOOOOoooo thinking about this last week on my trip. Rain and more rain and a bit of an "upset system" made me wish a Koda Kovering would magically appear over the throne... Alas, I had to make do without."


I think you coined a new term "Koda Kovering". Hopefully Koda will appreciate it. It's not every day a man gets something as auspicious as new term named in his honor."


Gosh ... I'm so flattered it took a few days for my tongue to come untied. :-)
10/03/2010 04:27PM
quote cowdoc: "Lilcowdoc refers to it as "archi-tarp-ture" "

That's go-o-o-o-od!
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10/03/2010 07:57PM
Frost Lake campsite. I figured this out by looking at Butthead's quality design. Also Long Island Lake. CCS tarp. They are the best!

Tom

Tom
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10/03/2010 09:47PM
Fire lake

my cheapie tarp
mooseplums
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10/04/2010 11:15AM
quote Koda: "quote cowdoc: "Lilcowdoc refers to it as "archi-tarp-ture" "


That's go-o-o-o-od!"



Doc, I see you got the TP at the ready! :)

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10/04/2010 11:25AM
quote tony: "quote mooseplums: "Last week "Looks like my walrus 150 tarp. I wish they had not gone out of business. They made some great products. I know I enjoy the tarp I have from them. I have not seen too many of them around.


tony"


They did make some nice stuff. I bought this tarp about 12 years ago. Mr. Barley liked it so much he bought one too.
10/04/2010 08:35PM
My 10x14 CCS I got on sale this last spring.
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10/05/2010 08:36AM
uploading tarp photo's to the internet, a novelty for sure..





Note I was incorrectly rigging this tarp, not using the loops, and the wind did cause some rubbing and wore small holes in the tarp. No smart!


hummm?
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10/05/2010 07:23PM
here is a little solo sitting shelter....

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10/07/2010 11:36AM
12x12.5 CCS Tundratarp, west end of Robbins Island (Knife Lake)
10/07/2010 12:36PM
quote ChazzTheGnome: "here is a little solo sitting shelter....
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Nice. Here's what I did one very hot day on the Willow Flowage:
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10/07/2010 02:28PM
quote KevinL: "My 10x14 CCS I got on sale this last spring.
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Looks like one of my campsites - TL4 in the background, green silnylon tarp in the foreground, but my tarp is only 10x12 (campmor) and would have had at least one sag somewhere in it.
10/07/2010 07:39PM
quote BWPaddler: "quote KevinL: "My 10x14 CCS I got on sale this last spring.
"

Looks like one of my campsites - TL4 in the background, green silnylon tarp in the foreground, but my tarp is only 10x12 (campmor) and would have had at least one sag somewhere in it."


It was on Lake Agnes-BWCA this last August. That night we had a storm that the weather radio said winds of 60 mph. It came through spectacular! Even better than the tent.
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10/07/2010 09:49PM
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10/08/2010 02:05AM
Here are a couple of my tarp pictures.

tony
10/10/2010 02:06PM
here are a couple of pics of my tyvek tarp i used last week..(note:the chairs were left on the site from previous campers)
10/11/2010 11:46AM
People left folding chairs? Really???
10/11/2010 06:30PM
I couldn't believe it! Its something i wouldnt dream of bringing in but i wasn't opposed to sit in them!
10/11/2010 07:00PM
I wonder if somebody left them there to "hold a spot" for later. haha
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10/27/2010 09:10PM


Tundra tarp on the right. Lean 2+ on the left. Both were excellent on this trip.
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10/27/2010 10:06PM
CCS Tundra Tarp
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04/07/2012 09:51PM
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Thanks for bringing this up. (Saved me a search :)
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04/08/2012 01:10AM
quote boonie: "Here's one setup I experimented with last fall on my solo.
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I've been using the "Diamond Fly" that you have pictured for many years. Just a suggestion: You can get a lot more head-room out of your fly if you tie your exterior tarp center to a "scissors" made of two poles set up outside the fly. It isn't that easy to see the poles in this photo, but it's the only photo I have.

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04/08/2012 08:44AM
quote Drab: "Thanks for bringing this up. (Saved me a search :)"

You're welcome!
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04/08/2012 05:17PM
Before...



After...
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04/09/2012 06:51PM
quote Wolf0503: " Fire lake


my cheapie tarp"


I was going to post a pic but this pic looks just like my setup. right down to the blue tarp the same tent.
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04/09/2012 08:22PM
I use a tarp at every campsite - only the camo variety for me. Other colors are just an eyesore (in my opinion). That said; when its raining any color will do!
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04/09/2012 08:22PM
I use a tarp at every campsite - only the camo variety for me. Other colors are just an eyesore (in my opinion). That said; when its raining any color will do!
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04/09/2012 10:09PM
quote PortageKeeper: "Before...




After...
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Is this a homemade lightweight design of the Woodsman canvas Tarp Tent?
It looks great and the fact that it would pack much smaller and lighter.
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04/10/2012 12:27AM
Yes it is. I made it of 1.9 oz. silnylon. This is it stuffed, including ground sheet and stakes... Tarp, ground sheet, lines and stakes = 3 lbs, 13 oz.
04/10/2012 09:52AM


CCS Tundra Tarp on the right, Lean on the left.
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04/10/2012 10:09AM


10x10 CCS sun shelter :)
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07/18/2012 01:51PM


Not the best job, but when it rained about 3-4" the next day, it sure helped.
trashbag
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07/18/2012 02:21PM
nothing fancy but it keeps me dry
pastorjsackett
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12/05/2012 08:06PM
Good heavens. You people are tarp-crazy! I love it.
12/05/2012 10:24PM
maybe not exactly what you were thinking of, but in the spirit of the tarp...
12/05/2012 10:26PM
and here is one that I think fits the OP intent...
JackpineJim
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12/06/2012 07:55PM


Tarps aren't just for rain!
12/06/2012 08:07PM
you dont need a tarp. Cowboy up. No pain, no gain. Mind over matter.

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12/06/2012 08:12PM
 
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