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Charlie Dangerfield
(StueyD) - F
Tarp on 06/19/2010 19:56:16 MDT Print View

Hi Guy's first post have been browsing for some time, great source of information.
A quick run down on me,I'm 34 I live and hike in Australia am currently in the process of going UL. Starting to get the gear sorted got a GoLite Pinnacle homemade UL cookset,would love a Hiniken pot setup be we can't get those 24oz cans over here.

One of the last things I need is a UL tarp,but finding that hard to get over her and it has not help that my small business which was my only source of family income I have been forced to close, effects of past GFC.
Would like to here if there are any cheap tarp options in the USA given my funds are almost zero.

The UL seems to still be way behind you guy's in the US, with my current tent my base weight is still over 10kg but my tent weights 3kg.


PS I hope to be able to contribute to this great forum.
And I will post a gear list soon.

Edited by StueyD on 06/19/2010 21:48:25 MDT.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Trap on 06/19/2010 20:35:10 MDT Print View

"Would like to here if there are any cheap tarp options in the USA given my funds are almost zero."

Hi Charlie, and welcome to BPL.

Even a cheap tarp from the US is going to get pricier due to shipping cost. Were I you, given that funds are low, I'd PM your fellow Aussie, Roger Caffin, and inquire as to how to make a tarp and also local sources of lightweight material. He's a very accomplished do-it-yourselfer and also a veritable cornucopia of information.

Your cheapest US option is likely to be Gear Swap here on BPL. You might consider starting a "want to buy" thread specifying the kind of tarp you are interested in. They pop up fairly frequently as "want to sell" items, so I'd say your chances are pretty good for scoring one used at a very reasonable price that may offset the shipping penalty.



Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Tarp on 06/19/2010 21:24:06 MDT Print View

For your pot I suggest you look at Mitchells ,or other "disposal" stores in your area, for this type of pot.

This one is the 800ml version, 90g for the pot, 25g for the lid. (the knob is almost 10g, replace that with a bit of string)
About $8 from memory.

Charlie Dangerfield
(StueyD) - F
Tarp on 06/19/2010 21:38:10 MDT Print View

Thanks Franco I use that pot now but what do you use for a bowl/cup

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Bowl on 06/19/2010 21:41:05 MDT Print View

I purchased some dates at a grocery store. They were packaged in a 15-ounce plastic bowl. It weighs a half-ounce. Perfect.

If I splurge, I carry two.


Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Re: Bowl on 06/19/2010 21:55:52 MDT Print View

Hi Charlie,

PM with what you are looking for, I have a few things that maybe of interest. I'm on the West Coast.


Jeff Antig

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Tarp on 06/19/2010 21:57:34 MDT Print View

Do you guys have GSI products? The GSI cascadian cup is my favorite. $2GSI

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Re: Tarp on 06/19/2010 22:00:55 MDT Print View

Yeh sure do, Ranger Camping sell them here, nice and cheap but not as low as $2.

My Cup was from the $2 dollar store. Cutting the handles off meant that It will fit into most pots. I take a cup most times as I dont like to drink wine/port from metal :)

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Tarp on 06/19/2010 22:11:26 MDT Print View

I am now using the "caddy" that comes with the TiTri Caldera Cone set up. (I bought the caddy separately as it was not available when I purchased the kit)
The top is my mug ,the bottom my bowl, the two combined for re-hydrating.
I have not seen that type of container here. (mine was from AntiGravity Gear)
Before I used a Ti pot and a Lexan mug, then a few Decor bowls and later a (700ml ?) mug , also with a "steam release" lid. (from Coles)

tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
poly tarp on 06/20/2010 06:24:07 MDT Print View

If your funds are low and you're looking for a cheap and reasonably light tarp, buy a blue "poly" tarp. I've seen 8' by 6' blue tarps for $5 USD. And they should weigh about 1 lb. When more funds become available and if you decide you like using tarps, buy a lighter and more expensive option.

Charlie Dangerfield
(StueyD) - F
Re: Re: Trap on 06/20/2010 18:44:22 MDT Print View

Thanks Tom I will send a PM

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Beware the Poly Tarp Trap on 06/20/2010 22:22:16 MDT Print View

The grommets on these are not good at sustaining loads. I've had the grommets pulled out the very first pitch, within minutes. You're probably better off getting a nylon urethane tarp like this (link) that is made for camping yet cheaper, albeit heavier, than the sil stuff most use around here.

Andrew Lush
(lushy) - MLife

Locale: Lake Mungo, Mutawintji NPs
Re: Tarp trap on 06/21/2010 02:04:45 MDT Print View

Hi Charlie,

Welcome to BPL.

There's a few of us poor gear-deprived Aussies on this forum. And of course there is Roger C, a doyen of this site, with lots of great ideas on how to make lightweight bushwalking work on a local scale.

Regarding your needs for a cook system, I have a a 950 ml Molsen beer can that I will send you if you PM me. (It's a Canadian beer that bought while visiting Quebec, purely because it comes in big cans) Sadly, there's no beer left, but it sure beats our 375ml cans that we have here in Oz.