Houseplants (small trees as structure inside a tarp)
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Erin McKittrick
(mckittre) - MLife

Locale: Seldovia, Alaska
Houseplants (small trees as structure inside a tarp) on 01/18/2007 00:44:05 MST Print View

Tarps can be set up with trekking poles, paddles, etc... But my favorite way to to set up a tarp is with a small flexible tree or bush (alders are great). Stake down the tarp on one side of the tree, then pull it across, bending the tree down. Not only does the trunk make a ridge pole, the branches are ribs that support the walls, making a rounded shape, rather than a triangular one, which keeps the walls further from me. In the morning, take it down, the tree springs right back. And if you don't otherwise need to bring paddle shafts or trekking poles, this way is lighter.
tarp with tree inside

picture of 3 person tarp, set up low for wind, with available bushes

Edited by mckittre on 01/18/2007 00:44:40 MST.

Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Houseplants (small trees as structure inside a tarp) on 01/18/2007 11:17:18 MST Print View

Erin,
Now THAT's what separates the wilderlings from the newbies. Thanks.

mark henley
(flash582) - F
Houseplants on 01/20/2007 09:09:23 MST Print View

Do you ever have a problem with abrasion on the tarp material

Erin McKittrick
(mckittre) - MLife

Locale: Seldovia, Alaska
Re: Houseplants on 01/20/2007 17:36:48 MST Print View

Don't seem to. I've been setting up this same tarp this way since 2004 - on spruce, alder, and willow mostly - and haven't had any abrasion/leakage. And I've used it for months at a time...