lightweight poles for pitching a tarp?
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william hutchinson
(okuncool) - F

Locale: midwest (boo hoo)
lightweight poles for pitching a tarp? on 06/29/2006 17:56:19 MDT Print View

wondering if anyone out there has any advice on what i can pitch a tarp with above or below treeline. i am planning a thru hike of the pct and i am a tarp user. usually i would just pitch off a tree or use sticks but i know there will be sections where this is impossible. i also dont like trekking poles and i think it would be silly to carry them just to pitch my tarp, plus there has got to be a lighter weight option. any ideas?
will

R K
(oiboyroi)

Locale: South West US
Re: lightweight poles for pitching a tarp? on 06/29/2006 19:43:01 MDT Print View

Gossamer Gear

Tarptent

Peter King
(pking) - MLife

Locale: N. Nevada
Tarp Poles on 06/30/2006 10:45:18 MDT Print View

You can buy whatever tent replacement pole you can find at your local store and use sections of it.

Here are poles for a low A-frame pitch. Small pole is 22g (0.8oz), large one is 51g (1.8oz):
Tarp Poles

Another option is to use an ice axe:
Helix as pole

Edited by pking on 06/30/2006 10:48:07 MDT.

william hutchinson
(okuncool) - F

Locale: midwest (boo hoo)
re on 07/02/2006 13:55:14 MDT Print View

wondering if those carbon fiber poles would be too flexible to pitch a tarp with. anyone had expierience with them.

christian madsen
(sherpachris) - F

Locale: SoCal
LuxuryLite Carbon Pole on 10/17/2006 22:10:17 MDT Print View

I use a LuxuryLite Carbon Pole from luxurylite.com as a treking pole and to support my tarp. It breaks into three sections. I use two of them at the front of the tarp and the third to support the rear. The third section is a bit short so I add a 7" extender. At about 4 ounces, the pole is super lightweight and very strong. I put signigicant weight on it when going downhill.