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Hugh Stimson
(hughstimson) - F
using tent poles instead of trekking poles? on 02/07/2005 12:05:17 MST Print View

howdy all,

I'm considering buying a shelter tarp, but I don't use trekking poles and don't really want to start.

does anyone have experience using a couple of tent poles in the place of trekking poles for shelter set-up? e.g. hints for modifying the ends to make them interface better with tarp tie-out points?

I'm sure I can figure out a working system, I'm equally sure somebody has done it and has some advanced tips...

Jay Ham
(jham) - F - M

Locale: Southwest
using tent poles instead of trekking poles? on 02/14/2005 11:07:48 MST Print View

I have done this a couple of different ways. The easiest is to manufacture something to insert into the pole end. To do this, I would purchase some rod aluminum (tubular would work), or even dense plastic rod (solid), from your local hardware store. Or, use an old aluminum tent stake. This would be sized to fit into the end of the tent pole. Cut it to 1"-2" long and drill a small hole in the top end to run your tent line through. Permanently tie your tarp ridge line to this close to the tarp. Set up by erecting your poles and inserting the aluminum rod into the pole end. You will want to buff all the edges so neither the line nor your tarp get shredded.

Jay Ham

Edited by jham on 02/14/2005 11:09:21 MST.

Hugh Stimson
(hughstimson) - F
thanks on 02/14/2005 15:09:39 MST Print View

thanks Jay, that sounds about right.

Mike Storesund
(mikes) - F
Tent poles vs. Trekking poles vs. Nature on 02/15/2005 14:02:42 MST Print View

I guess it would depend on which type of tarp shelter you use.
With a flat 8x10 tarp, I would just as soon carry trekking poles. At least they would serve multi purposes.
Otherwise I would use a couple of sturdy sticks found along the trail to support the ridge of my tarp.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
using tent poles instead of trekking poles on 02/15/2005 19:40:29 MST Print View

My home made TarpTent as well as the earlier models of manufactured TarpTents (first incarnations of the Virga and Squall) use Easton Aluminum poles with grommet ends and a #1 size grommet through the webbing material of the tie outs .... works great.

Henry still provides the make your own instructions at his website as well as a link to a place to buy poles if your local shops don't carry them.

Google for tarptent and you'll find the place.

Edited by jcolten on 02/15/2005 19:41:20 MST.