Given the interest in cuben tents, wanted you all to have a look at this tarp tent with hooped poles on Mount Madison NH in May '78. The tarp was a 9 by 7 foot flat Gerry tarp that came with netting sewn in at both ends, and triangular shaped extensions at both ends. Pole sleeves were sewn on where you see the hoops. In the picture, the extensions are rolled up over the hoops. In the rain, they were rolled down over the guy lines and tightened with a draw cord and cord lock. The floor was just a flat tarp about 4.5 by 7 feet that connected to the sidewalls with snaps. The poles were made in 7 sections each, the bottom four being Adventure 16 aluminum alloy, and the top three, the very flexible Early Winters fiberglass poles shown in a link previously posted on this thread. As earlier noted in this thread, one could also use prebent curved alloy poles for the three middle pole sections, and get about the same shape, and probably more strength. There was condensation on the lower inside panels in humid weather when the end covers were down. Some venting along the bottom sides would have helped. It also could have been made a foot longer to keep out the rain.
Since all this shelter required was sewing on a couple of pole sleeves and installing some snaps and cord loops, something like this might provide a relatively low labor intensive approach to trying out a hooped shelter made from a cuben tarp. Hope it will be of some interest.
Sam Farrington, Chocorua NH