With my job this summer, I have a lot more time to make gear than I do to actually use it. One thing I have been looking at making is something similar to the MLD Duomid. Really just a good two person shelter to help me get my cheap friends out hiking with me or give my dog some space under a tarp.
My thought with the mid is to set it up using a inverted V pole set up by using extenders on my trekking poles, which are fixed length. The extenders I could then use in my pack as a frame. I think they need to be about 18" to get a good height and width using my 120cm trekking poles, which I think could work well in my homemade G4.
The one thing I'm not sure on is putting a cat curve. I've made one tarp in the past, but I didn't put a cat curve in it. Two questions about this. First, it seems to me that a cat curve is going to really make the mid a much better shelter. Will it really make that much of a difference, or is this something I could just skip. The tricky question is what is the best way to go about planning out the cat curves along these pieces? I have read the article on making a cat curve, but it was made for two ends that would be at relatively the same height. The mid doesn't seem to match that case, but would the chart in the article still work? Thanks for any help. I'm really excited about this shelter and appreciate any help that I can get here.