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Sunny Waller
(dancer) - M

Locale: Southeast USA
Flat Tarp Survey on 09/13/2013 08:31:54 MDT Print View

For people who use flat tarps (not shaped)for their primary shelter..

a: what tarp

b: what are your favorite pitches

c: what accessories do you use

d: what is your bug strategy

c: what is your storm setup

Richard May
(richardmay)

Locale: Swamplands.
Re: Flat Tarp Survey on 09/13/2013 09:32:00 MDT Print View

a: what tarp
GoLite Poncho. I mostly go out in the dry season and it's protection from surprise showers. If I went out more often in the rainy season I'd get an 8x10 or so. The rainy season can rain all afternoon and night with a lot of wind in open areas. The extra coverage would be needed to keep dry.

b: what are your favorite pitches
Half pyramid and A-frame

c: what accessories do you use
titanium stakes, 1.25mm dyneema cord and trekking poles.

d: what is your bug strategy
Bivy. In some climates it's all the insulation you need too.

c: what is your storm setup
I check the weather. ;P
In addition to the 8x10 tarp I'd consider an additional ground sheet so I can put my stuff on something other than soggy ground.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
flat tarp survey on 09/13/2013 09:47:51 MDT Print View

a: MYOG spinnaker, 80" by 90", two mid-ridgeline tieouts

b: A frame and flying diamond

c: 2mm guyline, MSR groundhog stakes

d: headnet, site and route selection

c: site selection, low pitch

Richard May
(richardmay)

Locale: Swamplands.
Re: flat tarp survey on 09/13/2013 09:59:43 MDT Print View

Hey David, can I ask you to elaborate a bit on 'site selection' for protection from bugs. I presume you stay away from water sources. Anything else you try to go for?

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
flat tarps and bugs on 09/13/2013 10:32:19 MDT Print View

During bug season locally I make a big effort to always camp high on tundra, or on gravel bars away from vegetation with plenty of wind. Fortunately skeeter season coincides with the tail end of snowmelt, so water availability from little seeps on high ridges makes such camping convenient.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Site Selection to avoid mosquitos on 09/13/2013 10:39:20 MDT Print View

>"Hey David, can I ask you to elaborate a bit on 'site selection' for protection from bugs. I presume you stay away from water sources. Anything else you try to go for?"

Different David here, but,

Wind really keeps the mosquitos down. So I'd prefer a knoll over a depression. (Also, you can get cold air from radiant cooling collecting in a low spot and being up 100 feet in elevation avoids that, too). At home, lawns are great "defensible space" not only from forest fires, but from bugs. Mosquitos hang out on bushes, down in tussocks and in tall grass. A mowed lawn has essentially no mosquitos. Similarly, in the backcountry, avoid high, thick grass and bushy areas.

If you have a broader area over which to select your sites: Higher up the mountain is almost always better: away from standing water and ponds, rockier without bushes, cooler temperatures, more wind all help.

Seasonally, I like to get out in the Fall once we have some freezing nights. The first freezing night really knocks them down.

Richard May
(richardmay)

Locale: Swamplands.
Re: flat tarps and bugs on 09/13/2013 11:27:51 MDT Print View

Thanks guys. That's really helpful. I'll certainly be applying these strategies here.

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Pics on 09/13/2013 18:16:08 MDT Print View

Anyone have pics of the suggested pitches? I am considering a tarp for the first time for a trip to Yosemite and pics would be greatly helpful.

Thanks.

Kevin Schneringer
(Slammer) - MLife

Locale: Oklahoma Flat Lands
Pics on 09/13/2013 21:14:56 MDT Print View

Larry

Take a look at Bearpaw Wilderness Designs website. Tarps section has a lot of pics.
Zpacks also has some pics that you can take a look at.

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
RE: Pics on 09/14/2013 13:46:20 MDT Print View

Thanks, I will check that out.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Flat Tarp Survey on 09/14/2013 13:57:40 MDT Print View

My favorite pitch is a plow point.
Here is a video on it. Skip to the very end to see it set up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvPNosxrwo4

"d: what is your bug strategy"
Get a separate bug net that you can pitch off a high point and stake to the ground. I have a "mombasa defender mosquito net". It gives me an area to relax away from the bugs.

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
RE: survey on 09/14/2013 14:03:45 MDT Print View

a: MLD Cuben supertarp

b: A frame and lean to

c: Locus gear poles and guyline

d: head net

c: half pyramid

Jamie Shortt
(jshortt) - MLife

Locale: North Carolina
Re: Pics on 09/14/2013 19:06:39 MDT Print View

My favorite flat tarp is 5x8, matched with bivy (MLD superlight or Lytw8 bivy), set up a frame, using 8 ti stakes and kelty trip tease, pitched maybe a bit lower if rain/wind is coming. If conditions will be buggy then temps are usually 50+ degree so I switch to a MLD bug bivy.

I have some pictures of a MYOG 5x8 tarp with a few pitches on my website.

LytW8.com_5x8_Tarp

Jamie

Edited by jshortt on 09/14/2013 19:11:04 MDT.