Tarp setup

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

  1. Dorsland

    Dorsland Long timer

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    My brother, who is no longer riding due to health issues, has gifted me his Kelty 9 with poles so I'm sorted. But thanks for the info.
  2. YJake

    YJake PAR Nation Supporter

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    Packing for what looks like a wet mountain trip next weekend I rolled up my tarp and think it "grew" on me. Maybe not? The smallest I could get the Noah 12' in a stuff sack is about two and a half Bourbon bottles large.

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    Oh well, it's still coming with me.

    (The tarp and the Bourbon) :deal.

    -Jake
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  3. bomber60015

    bomber60015 tikkun olam Supporter

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    My stuff also expands . . . and the further from home I get, the more it expands.

    Never grokked that, myself.
  4. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    It's frontier whiskey..............tastes sorta like a bulls butt.
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  5. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    I got a smoking deal on a '16 Noah's Tarp last winter & finally got a chance to use it in July. Me & a buddy went up to Acadia Nat'l Park & nailed down a week at a walk-in site at the Seawall Campground, right on the coast. Since we were staying a full week, it seemed like a good place to try out the "mother of all tarps".

    With two guys & nothing but trees in every direction, it was actually an easy set..maybe 10-20 min. The layout of the site placed one corner of the tarp actually over my tent door. Had it rained, I could have exited & entered my tent totally dry. I carry some 14" thin pole sections. Topped with a slit tennis ball they prop up the middle of the tarp over the picnic table. We had plenty of walking around room all around the table & enough excess dry area that we could have brought the bikes in as well, if need be. (if it weren't a walk-in site). It never got a true test, since we had fine weather all week, except for the ride home, naturally. The rain held off long enough to break camp, but started pouring once we were on the road.

    I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to use this one for a short term site, especially if I were alone. Also, being in deep woods, with trees in every direction to tie off to, made it easy. Setting this thing in a more open area, where it might be more vulnerable to big wind gusts might be a problem. With the right site & a long stay, it made an absolutely luxurious base camp.
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  6. StriderTB

    StriderTB Strudel

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    I used my Noah 12 over the door of my tent for the same reason, and it worked out perfectly. It rained every day I was at Indian Lake, but at least I had a dry place to hang out.

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  7. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander still alive and well

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    just to throw something different into the mix I've got a Mantis tarp that has attached bug screens. Great for hanging out and I sometimes sleep in it with a groundsheet. I use an unobtanium Bubogears pole.

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    and a nice write-up by someone here ....

    http://www.tonydegroot.com/Articles/MEC Mantis.html
  8. BigEasy

    BigEasy Fish Eyed Heathen

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    Looks like the tarp is also unobtanium now
  9. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    I set my tarp with a designated low (run-off) side or corner. I tie it/them off a bit more loose then the rest of the corners and add two loops in my line about 2’ apart. I hook one of my cargo bungees to the loops making sort of a shock absorber. As the tarp fills the and creates a low point bungee will strech and the water runs off. Without it water pools and wanders down the hem and i get puddles that will continuously grow and spread no matter how taut the tarp seems to be.
    An under ridge line is helpful for sure.
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  10. HarveyM

    HarveyM Been here awhile

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    Nemo and Eureka (Canada) sell 9' x 9' and 12' x 12' Tarp/ bug mesh combos. This one's the Eureka.


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  11. EvrythingAwesom

    EvrythingAwesom Long timer

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    Hi, how are they getting on you, if you're just walking presumably to your mailbox?

    We should all know this. Do some essential oils work well enough?

    Cheers.


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  12. EvrythingAwesom

    EvrythingAwesom Long timer

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    You got chiggers? I heard it's really tough to get rid of them in homes and vehicles.
  13. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    I live in a rural, wooded area near a pond, and walk across a large yard to the mailbox.
  14. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    I've got one too. Picked one up lightly used in minty condition. At 10 lbs too large (bulky) and heavy for motorcycle camping IMO, but what a nice tarp set-up! I use a 12 Ft Kelty knock-off (Guide Gear) for motocamping (thin & lightweight). Guide Gear is now Sportsman's Guide, and I see they are selling Kelty tarps again - great price!

    https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/kelty-noahs-tarp?a=1672329
  15. Retired and lovin it

    Retired and lovin it Been here awhile

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    I have a smaller triangle tarp for emergency needs as a solo camper it sure is a pain to set up, just need to practice. No poles just between trees.
  16. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Never heard of chiggers in homes or vehicles. We had some as a kid in our yards back in the "50's. I think all the pesticides, weed killers and fertilizers have done them in, along with the doodle bugs (ant lions) and horny toads (horned lizards). We used the sulfur powder when rock climbing. It worked good for chiggers but you could smell it for a week after.
  17. YJake

    YJake PAR Nation Supporter

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    Still enjoying the Kelty Noah's Tarp 12x12'.
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    -Jake
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  18. LocuL

    LocuL Gnarly Infantry

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  19. ben2go

    ben2go Long timer

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    Hot exhaust keep you warm at night?
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  20. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    You carry spare wheels with you..