Here's the pics you requested:
First the specs:
Total packed weight of tarp, guylines, poles, s-biners, and stakes is 1.3 lbs
Total packed wieght of above items + extra cordage for using trees instead of stakes and pole is 1.7 lbs.
The tarp is an aquaquest 7X9 tarp from amazon
Notes regarding the "heavy weight":
1) yes there are lightr tarps out there, but I'm kinda hard on my gear. So I'm happier replacing or patching my "cheapie" tarp rather than a top of the line SUL tarp
2) You can certainly save weight by opting to ditch the guylines at the rear of the tarp and just use the included attachment points, but I like the added ventalation of the higher gap at the rear
3) You can also save weight by using all SUL stakes, and reducing the number of stakes and guylines used, here in the pacific northwest, it's super muddy. So I appreciate he security of the heavier stakes to ensure my tarp is locked in to the ground. Additionally these stakes allow me to tie each stake directly to the tarp, so no stakes get lost, and I can send each stake completely into the ground and I have no worries about removing them the following day
4) I use S-biners instead of tieing the guylines directly to the attachment loops on the tarp. You can skip those to save weight, but I feel the the s-biners better distrubute the load and will prevent damage to the attachment loops over long term use.
5) I added a few ounces by carrying the tarp setup in its own bag. To me this helps protect the rest of my gear from the sharp edges of stakes in the bag.
OK, heres the pics of the setup.
Here it is unpacked showing the additional 2 25ft lengths and 2 12.5 ft of black zpacks spectraline. I carry this in the little yellow pouch so that it doesn't tangled and such. As I said above, you can save .4 lbs by ditching the extra cordage and pouch.
Since the stakes are tied directly to the tarp, it's important to be careful when packing it up. The guylines love to get tangled, and it takes practice and patience to roll it up so it's easy to setup the next time. Here's pics showing how the stakes are positioned and how it rolls up.
Another detail: I always pack this tarp in the bag at the top of my pack or in an external pocket. I'm concerned about the stakes poking holes in the tarp if a bunch of stuff is crammed on top of it. Then there's the added bonus of quickly setting up the tarp for lunch, or a little after lunch nap before a hiking off into the twilight hours
This tarp has a total of 11 attachment loops, 4 on each long side, 2 in the middle of the shorter sides, and 1 right in the center of the tarp. If I'm not using trees, I generally pitch the tarp with the long side against the ground, but since each guyline stake combo is attached using s-biners, it's easy to switch the orientation on the fly in the field.
Each of the guylines is looped at each end with a double-figure-8. The spectraline is slipperly and needs a good knot to insure it doesn't slip on you under tension. The guylines are then girth hitched to each stake and clipped to the attachment loops with s-biners. The s-biners connected to the smaller stakes are the itty-bitty plastic ones. But the s-biners that are connected to the top corners ( the ones attached to the larger blizzard stakes ) are the metal larger s-biners. This is beacuse these attachment points recieve the highest load. Could be overkill, please don't judge me too harshly :)
The lengths of the guylines are as follows:
The shortest guylines that attach to the bottom back loops are: 1ft 7in
The medium guylines used on the sides are: 2ft 1in
The longest guylines attached to the top front loops: 5ft 4in
Please note the guyline is girth-hitched to the blizzard stakes thru the lower holes. See above pics. I believe this increases its holding strength when it is sent all the way into the ground.
The poles used are z-packs 52" carbon fiber tent poles.
Now for the steps I use to pitch it.
First I carefully roll it out trying not to tangle the guylines.
Then I send all the rear stakes into the ground. For me, I think it works best to leave these untensioned. So the stakes are positioned right next to the attachment loops, and as I said previously, they are sent all the way in the ground.
2 other little tips in case you're really new to pitching tents and tarps. Be sure to send the stakes at a 30-45 deg angle so that the tip of the stake is pointing towards the tarp and the top of the stake is pointing away from the tarp. Also avoid the temptation to use your thumbs or fingers to drive the stake in. These groundhogs are sharp, and I tear up my fingers anytime Im in a rush and I don't use a stick, a rock, even a foot to do the work.
Once the rear stakes are in place, I move on to the two front corners and get the poles setup. Doing this is definitly a balancing act. First place the pole under the corner so that the pole is pressing on the reinforced corner of the tarp. Then hold the guyline with one hand and maintain constant pressure on the cord as you direct the guyline towrds the ground such that the pole is tightly wedged between the corner of the tarp and the ground.
I usually end up slanting the poles in order to get them wedged properly for this initial pitch. Note: The poles are never straight and positioned perfectly at first. I always have to readjust once all the stakes are in the ground and the tarp is under tension.
That said once the first pole is up, I move on the next pole. Don't worry if the first pole falls while you're setting the second. It's fine. Just finish setting up the second, then move back to the first. Be careful with the tension on these poles. I usually have them flexed pretty hard during this stage of the setup. Don't worry, they'll get straightened out by the end. Here's a pic showing the flexed pole.
Last couple steps... Once both poles are positioned and under tension, I drive the side stakes into the ground. Again sending them all the way into the ground. Then remove and restake the front guylines so that it's just tight enough to hold the pole in place without it flexing. I often reposition the pole a little as well. As said by others, it's a balancing act, but you know when it's right because the tarp is tightly pitched, and you can give it a good shake and the poles remain in place.
The last step is to walk around the tarp testing each guyline to make sure they are tight. I generally reposition each and every one during ths last step to besure the guylines are directing the tension parallel to the attachment loops. Here's the tarp all setup with the poles set to their max (52").
The last bit of tarping I'll share is how to lower the tarp for more rain protection, or for bedding down. It's really easy. 1 at a time, pull the front stake out, flip down 1 or 2 sections of the tent pole. Again, holding the guyline taught, direct the guyline and the stake to the ground so that the pole is wedged between the reinforced corner of the tarp and the ground. Once the first one is set, move on the next one. Then walk around the tarp and "twang" each of the guylines to be sure they're still tight. Remove and reposition skates as needed. Here's a pic showing the tent pole with the first section folded down.
While I haven't tested it, i can anticipate that if you're carryig trekking poles, you could use these instead of the zpacks tent poles. Or you could possible position 1 trekking pole in the center of the tarp to add more headroom.
Hope this helps,