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Ok, new one! What are your favorite Tarp pitches?

I had an absolute RIOT with the last question I posted about your favorite knots. Now let's give this one a try! Since we all have our own favorite knots, I'd like to know what is your favorite Tarp pitch! Now the twist..... Tell us your pitch, but than tell us HOW YOU DO IT!!! Nothing detailed unless you feel inclined. And if your really ambitious include a photo! Who's up for this one. I'll post the question and be back in a bit to post instructions and a pic. Have fun folks! I'm looking forward to this one too!

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Generally I pitch my tarp on a slant, leaving it firmly on the ground in the direction of the anticipated breezes.. Sometimes I will place my hiking staff or a convenient branch to support a ridgeline and drop the sides, if the tarp is big enough to support the intended occupancy.  I generally fasten the assemblage with bowlines, taut line hitches, prusiks, or whatever works.

Tarps are fine, as long as you don't encounter significant storms.....

If I am in the right terrain, I actually prefer a rock shelter to any kind of tent or tarp, but they are not always handy.....





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So your's is a basic lean to! Love it! Down and dirty yet still efficient!


Tent w/Floor


2 paracord lines

1 pole

5 - stakes


Lay out the tarp, waterproof side up

Stake down the back 2 corners.

FIRST pick up the Non staked corners and carry around to a corner, attach to stake

Locate a middle tie down and stake down

Locate the remaining middle tie down, and attach Paracord

Insert a pole and lift it tight.

Stake down remaining loops

For more room, attach paracord to the ridge line loops and pull tight to a stake

Sorry, no picture. They are to big for REI to let me post them




I like the diamond setup.  Stake one corner down, run a line to a tree, or use a hiking pole, shorter line and a stake to prop up the opposite corner about waist high.  Pull out and stake down the loose opposing corners.  Quick, easy and provides lots of coverage.


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That is a definite nice pitch. My sister & BIL just went to Yellowstone for a month and I insisted they take a number of my "Just in case" items. You know, a ferro rod, lantern, first aid kit, fire kit and Yes my favorite 10x10 tarp. The plow point was the first pitch I taught them. Great coverage and lot's of room! Good choice Hikes_in_Rain! I like this one too