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Old 05-04-2008, 08:51 PM   #76
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Kifaru Super Tarp

Warmth and under 4 pounds with the stove, poles and stakes. A killer system for the light weight crowd.
Damn, you're not a kifaru salesperson are you?... I really dig that little stove.

PM me if you can, I have questions.....
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:19 PM   #77
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Damn, you're not a kifaru salesperson are you?... I really dig that little stove.

PM me if you can, I have questions.....
I am not a Kifaru guy or anything - The stuff is very good but they are proud of it$$.
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:23 AM   #78
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How did you attach the mosquito netting to the tarp? I looked through the posts and didn't see it. Maybe I missed it?

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The netting has little rings at the four corners, I just ran line from each corner to each corner of the tarp, again using #9's to tighten. In the picture I've used stakes to hold down the bottom of the netting to give a little more room. The tarp is square and the netting isn't, so it's not symmetrical but there is enough useful area in a 84" x 63" netting for one or two people.

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Old 05-06-2008, 09:22 AM   #79
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Looking at links near your posted youtube video and came across this from Tarp Tent:



Looks pretty interesting, 4 stakes, 1 pole and packs tiny. I'm thinking of using it as an emergency shelter on an Alaska trip this summer. Anybody tried or seen one yet?
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:22 AM   #80
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Looking at links near your posted youtube video and came across this from Tarp Tent:



Looks pretty interesting, 4 stakes, 1 pole and packs tiny. I'm thinking of using it as an emergency shelter on an Alaska trip this summer. Anybody tried or seen one yet?
it floats on air? nice!
Joking aside those are some pretty cool setups!
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:27 AM   #81
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I've used a Tarptent Squall for years in the Sierras in all kinds of weather. I love it.


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Old 05-06-2008, 09:01 PM   #82
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Speer Winter Tarp

Speer Winter Tarp in ground mode (when I can't hang my eno hammock)
http://www.speerhammocks.com/Products/Tarps.htm









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Old 05-06-2008, 10:21 PM   #83
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Mountain Sun Touring!

Mtn Sun touring makes a great Tarp setup!

Check out the site.

http://www.mt-sun.com/
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:26 PM   #84
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Mountain Sun Touring!

This is a Mtn sun touring Tarp, they are very nice!

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I was thinking of getting one of the Overstock canopys, but setting it up like this. Using my tent as the rear support.

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Old 05-09-2008, 06:16 PM   #85
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well I broke down

used my rei coupon to get the kelty pole again ($26), my home fab thing didn't quite cut it (the inserts didn't go in enough so the pole warped a bit), but I am going to try the fabrication method again soon, when I get the right pipe and sleeve material (shock cords too of course)
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Old 05-10-2008, 09:24 PM   #86
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more tarp attempts

So with kelty pole and my home made creations I tried again.
Much easier in the back yard with stake-able ground etc....
Bit of a breeze so it helped in a some what real world type setup

anyway so pegged the rear and the sides, the sides were not at the edges but 2ft in so the front would have lift enough to raise it up under the pole.
You can leave the sides and just do the rear but I found when the wind picked up the sides being staked help while getting the first pole set.
once that was set I pulled the sides tight and it made a nice shade.
But I wanted to try 2 poles so I left the sides in and raised the back with one of the shorter home made poles.


Then pulled the sides to fit and it worked pretty good, enough room to stand and the tent would fit nice underneath.

At that point I could have raised the sides with lines if needed for more air flow.
Then a third pole for a side enterance or chair etc....

other view

Then with the sides together for a shade only set up

This got me thinking about how to fold the tarp in windy situations.

I took the rear peg out and used the side and front to hold the tarp as I folded it again...(i let it go to take the pic )

so now I fold this onto the side stake point keeping tension on the tarp and hooked the lose side to the front pole making the next triangle.
then up with the side stake and folded again, and finally letting the front pole fall over I had a nice folded tarp.

I got these which worked really well with the shorter guy lines. as my pegs have rope loops. I think I need longer stakes though. the force of a small breeze on these msr pegs caused them to lift a bit and I then staked them in at an angle but longer would be better for windy situations.


As it turns out my home made poles worked just fine, I am keeping the kelty one so I have some options.........

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Old 05-10-2008, 09:35 PM   #87
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This is a Mtn sun touring Tarp, they are very nice!

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Old 05-10-2008, 10:27 PM   #88
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Why do I need a tent for my tent?
It is not mandatory ya know, you are free to do what you wish....

The reason are kinda obvious if you start to think about the limitations of most of the smaller tents folks take on rides. Although I know you already know this from previous post, but to entertain the question.

Leave the rainfly for your tent at home, nearly the same pack size and have much more shade or rain cover with more ventilation. Somewhere to stand up and get dressed without getting wet etc. Cook in the shade/dry? Be able to pack away your tent and gear dry while in the rain? Just because it is fun to play "camp" on the mini adventures? Wind shield for tent in bad windy weather?
Loads of reason that I can think of, but to each there own.


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Old 05-11-2008, 02:29 AM   #89
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Kifaru Super Tarp

Warmth and under 4 pounds with the stove, poles and stakes. A killer system for the light weight crowd.
I want that setup SOOOOOOO bad. A WARM tent does so much for your moral and physical recovery. I just dropped a lot of coin for one of their packs, I didn't have enough left for the tarp or one of their new sleeping bags.
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:53 AM   #90
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Why tarp a tent?

Up here the Pac Nor Wet folks are always tarping their tents. Really it becomes kind of a game on how much area you can tarp. They'll join several big blue tarps and cover the entire camp.

I have a Moss outfitter wing 19'x16' (which is the mac daddy of tarps). Just a beatutiul work of art really. Not light weight but great shape and tough material.

I tarp because when it is wet the tent is dry and much quieter (no rain drops pelleting it). You can hang out under the the thing - I call it the living room. Best of all it I can pack up under it and break the tarp down last after everything loaded and after your dressed for the day. I have used that technique from the kayaking the inside passage to traveling in Mexico as a portable shade tree. When my buddies and I went to Mexico to sea kayak down the coast. They iniatially razzed me for bringing it. It didn't take long before it was the first thing they wanted unpacked - Ahh - finally some shade.

I just saw a bank commercial, of all things, about how you know your a true Northwesterner when your summers are spent as the blue tarp camping people of the Northwest. Damn funny really.

Most of the time up here - I now prefer the tipi living though, as I can open up the sides and use it in a similar fashion to tarping or button it up and have a portable bomb shelter - with heat. This is one has a 15'x18' footprint.

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