Tarp setup

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by earthroamer, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. DrLewall

    DrLewall Master of bating

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  2. Steviebear

    Steviebear Adventurer

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    Thanks for the step-by-step, clears up a lot of the mystery involved in setting up a tarp by yourself.
  3. bcliff

    bcliff Been here awhile

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    @CaptJezebel what are you using for poles? I'm in the market for a couple of aluminum poles...probably 8 footers.
  4. CaptJezebel

    CaptJezebel In the saddle of "Doppler"

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    I'm using Kelly Staff Tarp Poles. They are steel, 5 section, and 7-feet long. To me, they are plenty light, but stiff and strong. They are only $25 at that big online Ama... store.
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  5. YJake

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    If I can find two or more trees at my campsite this tarp thing is going to be great. I set it up really quick using a few knots from this thread.

    The dog likes it now.
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    -Jake
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  6. Friz Freleng

    Friz Freleng Religious zealot Supporter

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    I have a Kelty 16' tarp and I really like it but I sometimes wonder if the 12' might not have been a better choice. I mean, the 16' offers quite a bit of room underneath for a tent, chair, and even the bike if the mood strikes. And you'd be surprised how friendly your camping neighbors can be when you invite them to sit under a big tarp to escape the rain. The only problems I've had with my 16' is that it can be a challenge to set up in a confined space or in wind.

    As for your Kelty, you'll likely discover that the included stakes are pretty weak. Keep them but go buy a set of MSR Groundhog stakes. I also bought a pair of tarp poles because I often camp in areas where there are no trees. Poles add weight but they make your tarp useful everywhere from beaches to deserts.
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  7. CaptJezebel

    CaptJezebel In the saddle of "Doppler"

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    Even the 12 foot tarp can be a lot of sail up there if there is a strong, or gusty wind. I try to tie off to bushes, even Creosote bushes out west, if there is a good wind, because I have had the wind whip a stake out of the ground before. I've thought of getting a couple of those big, orange plastic stakes (i.e., about a foot long, from the popular big-chain hardware stores) for setups in the open desert, with wind. The few times that I have set up in an existing wind, I go low on one of my long corners, and point it into the wind. I've been lucky to not have a wind problem in wooded sites, it has only been an issue out on the open plains.....
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  8. bcliff

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    There were times when I felt my Kelty 12 was too big and so I now own the 12 and the 9. And, when using the 9 on the diagonal for hammock protection, it can be too big if the trees are less than 15' apart.
  9. YJake

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    Got the Kelty 12' in a stuff sack now and it packs much easier, the whole thing now fits in a side bag with my rain gear. I decided not to bury it in a duffel bag since it will probably be the first thing that I setup at each campsite.
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    I also bought a couple more MSR groundhog style stakes to replace the factory ones that came with the tarp. I've had great success with them in the past.

    -Jake
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  10. bcliff

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    yup...the best Kelty mod is to throw away the storage sack
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  11. ben2go

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    NO! :nono
    Save it and use it to store other gear in. :nod
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    ok ok...you caught me exaggerating and I didn't actually throw them away. But they'll never see the tarps again. :rofl
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    That's a pretty lousy advert for the poles. :dirtdog
    They are only 1/4" diameter??? :scratch
    The picture looks like 3/4" diameter. :confused
    Each pole section is over 2 feet long?
    That can make stowing them on the bike a challenge.
    But the price is good. :thumb
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    I think the little nubby on the top is 1/4".

    I use a 4 piece pole set. Each piece was 2ft. I cut them down to about 18" each to fit in the cases. With 4 poles I can walk under. With three poles it allows the superfly tarp to become a bottomless tent.

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    Tried my hand at hammock camping this w/e. Used my Kelty Noah 12 over a cheap Amazon hammock. Need to attach a sag rope for when trees are this far apart. To keep it from hitting the ground I had to have virtually no sag and that caused the hammock to almost wrap around me. My cheapo DIY snake skins were a total fail. I think I knicked the mesh when I was cutting the string on the loofa. I went with the ridge line over the tarp. Gonna try under it next time.

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    Running the line under the tarp can lead to water running down the line and ending up somewhere you really would prefer it not being.
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