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SweetBerryWine
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05/28/2019 10:13AM
I typically bring a heavy duty tarp with eyelitted rope holes and reinforced corners. I don't bring tarp poles or structural support as I usually run a centerline rope between two trees, then tie down the rest of the corners and edges with paracord. It's bulky in my portage pack, yet it works really well in a variety of locations.

I have seen some smaller, lighter tarps at local outdoor shops, but can't justify spending $150.00 on that style of tarp.

How does your crew set up the campsite "dry" area? Where do you ideally like to set it up?
 
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x2jmorris
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05/28/2019 11:44AM
I'm right with you. I use a heavy duty tarp cause I cannot justify that much on something I will probably ruin in a few trips.

I cook exclusively over the fire so I need a little overhang over the fire. So wherever the fire pit is, is where my tarp is going. I run a center line rope as well so I also don't have any poles.
 
WHendrix
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05/28/2019 06:21PM
CCS 10x12 rigged with a ridgeline stuff sack.
 
Frenchy
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05/28/2019 07:56PM
There are some very reasonable lighter tarps out there. Kondo’s Outdoors and LLbean are two that I have used over the years. I have always used a center rope and trees but just purchased two adjustable poles on amazon for trip in June. There are many sites where there aren’t usable trees in the area we would like a rain tarp. Actually I think as age becomes a factor in my tripping, making anything a little easier seems like a good thing. We’ll see if the poles make it to their second trip.
 
ozarkpaddler
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05/28/2019 11:18PM
WHendrix: "CCS 10x12 rigged with a ridgeline stuff sack."

Ditto. I also throw in two "Painter's poles." Inexpensive and use them as a walking stick on the portages.
 
jhb8426
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05/28/2019 11:36PM
Went the blue poly route for a couple of years. As noted there are cheaper light weight tarps available. I ended up with a 12x12 Noah's tarp. works well and doesn't cost a lot.
 
Jaywalker
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05/29/2019 07:20AM
I do a ridgeline too, and have been thinking of bringing a single pole to assist in those areas where trees are far apart. My old MSR Parawing tarp required two poles; it was heavier but nice that it could be set up anywhere. Based on last year's campsites, I'm thinking of bringing one pole figuring at least one tree will make itself useful. A pole would really help to stabilize the tarp in winds.
 
goaljohnbill
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06/26/2019 04:34PM
ozarkpaddler: "WHendrix: "CCS 10x12 rigged with a ridgeline stuff sack."


Ditto. I also throw in two "Painter's poles." Inexpensive and use them as a walking stick on the portages.
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+2 this winter I swapped the 550 for dyneema. ~3/8" for the ridge line and zingit for the tie outs. The lost weight is pleasant, the lost bulk is fantastic, and the reduced strech is also great.


Everyone else still in bed in St Criox state park


Took a pole on the multi day st croix trip and had to use it. One of our campsites only had 1 functional tree on it
 
Wintersguy80
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06/26/2019 05:19PM
I second the kelty Noah 12x12. Got mine for 50 bucks during a spring rei sale.
 
moosedoggie
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06/26/2019 05:34PM
I use a CCS ridgeline setup over my hammock but have stolen BUTTHEAD's idea for the main group tarp.

He can explain it much better, I'm sure, but it involves tying an over-branch rope to the center of the tarp, raising it to the desired height and then addressing the corners.
 
cyclones30
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06/26/2019 06:00PM
We have a CCS and it is so worth the money. I typically set it up with ridgeline between trees and bring the sides down for a sort of A frame. Sometimes I'll keep one side up higher depending on wind direction or forecast.
 
cyclones30
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06/26/2019 06:06PM
Also, I don't set it up over the fire. If its raining at meal time we cook under the tarp sitting in our chairs and it works great. I don't need sparks or embers melting holes in it nor do I want the fire grate taking up real estate under the tarp for dry gear storage or trying to sneak by it while staying dry under the tarp.
 
Tomcat
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06/26/2019 07:35PM

 
06/26/2019 08:18PM
The more I learn about tarps the more I realize that a good tarp is the most important item in my pack. CCS tarps are the cream of the crop and extremely versatile. The situation I find myself addressing, determines the setup of my tarp. I would not go camping without my tarp.





 
06/26/2019 09:23PM
moosedoggie: "I use a CCS ridgeline setup over my hammock but have stolen BUTTHEAD's idea for the main group tarp.


He can explain it much better, I'm sure, but it involves tying an over-branch rope to the center of the tarp, raising it to the desired height and then addressing the corners."


I do the butthead tee-pee style when I can. I do center ridge lines but also diagonal ridgelines. Depends on how I want to "squeeze" it in.

 
06/26/2019 10:59PM
Tepee or umbrella style is one I like whenever it fits. Simple flat 4 corner rig with the center pulled up with a single drop line from overhead, or a line strung diagonally overhead as shown here, I consider the adjustablity in height and angle an advantage along with no center pole to obstruct. Easily folded when rigged to uncover the fire pit as here,
I use other styles as well, all depends on the camp area to setup over.
Thanks for the reference moosedoggie, cowdoc!

butthead
 
sedges
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06/27/2019 10:07AM
I haven't had to set up camp for more than two people in a long time, so my set up is light and low. I just retired a Campmor 10x10 1.9 oz ripstop that we have been using since 1987! It had a few patches, but didn't start deteriorating until 2018. I've replaced it with a CCS tundra tarp, even lighter and packs smaller, a necessity as I age.

My set up is to shelter the entrance to the tent, providing a place to get in/out of rain gear and wet shoes. I'm only sitting under it if it is raining and then it provides good shelter for reading and cooking or a game of cribbage if I my partner is along. I lower the up-wind side to the ground for a wind break if necessary. My chair is an old Crazy Creek, so I'm sitting on the ground.
 
06/27/2019 10:48AM
I have 3 guide gear tarps. 1 is rigged for a continuous ridgeline & in a CCS stuff sack. The other 2 I have just in their bags and can be pitched as the situation demands.

I recently had the continuous ridgeline tarp out on a father's day campout and as pitched with prusiks on the ridgeline ends made for a very taut tarp. Worked great for keeping the mosquito shelter it was pitched above dry.
 
HowardSprague
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06/27/2019 02:44PM
cowdoc: "moosedoggie: "I use a CCS ridgeline setup over my hammock but have stolen BUTTHEAD's idea for the main group tarp.



He can explain it much better, I'm sure, but it involves tying an over-branch rope to the center of the tarp, raising it to the desired height and then addressing the corners."



I do the butthead tee-pee style when I can. I do center ridge lines but also diagonal ridgelines. Depends on how I want to "squeeze" it in.
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Is that a carabiner attached to a prusik, to keep the middle end of the tarp stretched out?
 
06/27/2019 03:33PM
HowardSprague: "cowdoc: "moosedoggie: "I use a CCS ridgeline setup over my hammock but have stolen BUTTHEAD's idea for the main group tarp.



He can explain it much better, I'm sure, but it involves tying an over-branch rope to the center of the tarp, raising it to the desired height and then addressing the corners."




I do the butthead tee-pee style when I can. I do center ridge lines but also diagonal ridgelines. Depends on how I want to "squeeze" it in.
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Is that a carabiner attached to a prusik, to keep the middle end of the tarp stretched out?"


1st pic has a beener on the center hub (umbrella style), next 2 pics.....yes...prussik on the ridge line with a beener hooked through it and hooked to loop tie out. When I can, I like the beener on the tie out loop for the ridge line.....less wear and tear on the loop than a cord through it.
 
jhb8426
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06/28/2019 12:59AM
sedges: "My set up is to shelter the entrance to the tent"

What is the tent in the pic? Looks to be a Eureka of some form.
 
sedges
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06/28/2019 08:22AM
That is a very old Eureka Alpenlite. Meant to be a two person tent, but was really too narrow for that. It was a great solo tent. 4 pounds. Rock solid in bad weather. The urethane coating on the floor has all flaked off and the fly is stretched pretty bad and the netting is worn and fragile. I think I bought it in the late 1980s. Best tent I have ever had. Sorry to see it go. I just retired it and replaced it with a 28 ounce tent.
 
THEGrandRapids
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06/28/2019 09:53AM
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What brand of screen house is this? I skimmed the thread but couldn't find it.

EDIT: Never mind. I see if over in the DIY gear... Nice job!
 
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