I've got a Flat!
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John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
I've got a Flat! on 08/01/2010 21:25:56 MDT Print View

I've gone from this

Silnylon tarp with beaks

to this

Polymax 42 Flat Spinnaker Tarp

which can also be pitched in this manner.

Polymax 42 Flat Spinnaker Tarp pitched in a flying diamond

My new tarp is 8' x 10' and flat in configuration. I wanted the flexibility of being able to pitch in different styles. After my recent trip on the AT I found that I wasn't fond of slithering under the beaks of my silnylon tarp to gain entry. :-)

Silnylon tarp with beaks pitched at Cherry Gap on the AT June 2010

The lack of a catenary curve doesn't make the A frame pitch the tightest of pitches but I gave that up for the flat configuration and multiple pitch options. One more consideration was the height of the entrance. The lack of beaks and the placement of my tieouts lets me raise my entrance to @ 53" if I so desire which is the length of my trekking pole fully extended.

I plan to explore more pitching options and quite possibly add a few more tieouts to aid in pitching it differently. It weighs 2.2 ounces more than my silnylon tarp but covers a good deal more area. It tips the scales at 13 ounces in its stuff sack.

I'm using shockcord tensioners and a "Triptease like" reflective polyester line from Cabelas for the guylines.

Show me your pitches.

Party On,

Newton

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: I've got a Flat! on 08/02/2010 11:43:15 MDT Print View

Nothing beats a flat tarp for versatility. There are probably a dozen useful configurations.

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Nice Job! on 08/04/2010 18:32:47 MDT Print View

Nice job. I think I have seen that spinnaker before but the last time I saw it, it was on a roll. hahaha.

Cheers,
Lawson

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Nice Job! on 08/04/2010 20:54:37 MDT Print View

Lawson,

>>it was on a roll. hahaha<<

Yep!

It rolled from FLA to WA to LA. :-)

Thanks to you and Aaron, Mr. Singer and Gutermann I now have a new piece of gear.

Party On,

Newton

. .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Re: Nice Job! on 08/04/2010 21:14:36 MDT Print View

It looks very nice John. Thanks for sharing the photos and thanks for the stuff sack.

/aaron

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Re: Re: Nice Job! on 08/04/2010 21:45:10 MDT Print View

Aaron,

Thanks.

A small reward for your generosity and patience. :-)

You are very welcome. I enjoyed making it.

Party On,

Newton

Kier Selinsky
(Kieran) - F

Locale: Seattle, WA
Re: Re: Re: Re: Nice Job! on 08/05/2010 10:45:20 MDT Print View

flat tarps apparently make your yard nicer too :P

no but really, i think i'll be getting a flat one too for the same reason.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nice Job! on 08/05/2010 14:14:34 MDT Print View

Kieran,

To everything there is a season.

The gray tarp pic was in February of this year. :-0
It was one our coldest winters on record, hence the beautiful straw color of my back yard. :-)

So you're getting a flat tarp to make your yard a prettier shade of green? ;-)

Party On,

Newton

Edited by Newton on 08/05/2010 14:16:23 MDT.

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
re: I've got a Flat! on 08/15/2010 20:08:44 MDT Print View

John, Funny ...my latest MYOG project was a a simple flat 5'x8' tarp. It weighs in at exactly 7.0 oz. Here are a few pics.

tarp1

tarp2

tarp 3

tarp4

There is just something pure about such a simple shelter.

Jamie

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: re: I've got a Flat! on 08/18/2010 12:53:24 MDT Print View

Jamie,

Pure, simple and light! You hit all the high points. It looks great.

Your MYOG Goes to the Mountains article got my sewing machine all revved up again.

Rear pack panel compression detail

It's not quite finished as of yet. In the pic it is stuffed full of pillows. :-)

There are more details and pictures on this thread.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=35833&skip_to_post=306274#306274

Thanks for posting the pictures that show the different pitches that are possible with a flat tarp.

Party On,

Newton

Edited by Newton on 08/18/2010 13:15:58 MDT.

Roger B
(rogerb) - MLife

Locale: Here and there
Re: Re: re: I've got a Flat! on 08/18/2010 12:57:47 MDT Print View

I think Newton actually intended this thread

Nice pack BTW well done

Edited by rogerb on 08/18/2010 12:58:29 MDT.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Re: Re: re: I've got a Flat! on 08/18/2010 13:21:48 MDT Print View

Roger,

Thank you for the compliment and for fixing my broken compass. :-) :-)

I made the neccessary repairs to my compass and edited the link in my post. ;-)

Party On,

Newton