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George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
setting up Golite poncho tarp on 09/26/2007 17:36:10 MDT Print View

please look over these pics and critiquetarp1


Edited by gmatthews on 09/26/2007 17:38:34 MDT.

Thomas Knighton
(Tomcat1066) - F

Locale: Southwest GA
Re: setting up Golite poncho tarp on 09/26/2007 18:00:03 MDT Print View

I'm no expert, but it looks pretty tight. How well does it cover you?


George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: setting up Golite poncho tarp on 09/26/2007 18:16:37 MDT Print View

Hi Tom

This is new for me. I think like I will have adequate coverage. I'm going to use a bivy with it, too.

Was playing in my backyard tonight.

Thomas Knighton
(Tomcat1066) - F

Locale: Southwest GA
Re: Re: Re: setting up Golite poncho tarp on 09/26/2007 18:23:48 MDT Print View

For what it's worth, it looks good to me. Of course, I've never done the poncho/tarp thing myself exactly (got a Gatewood Cape instead), so take my opinion with a grain of salt ;)


Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: setting up Golite poncho tarp on 09/26/2007 20:06:55 MDT Print View


That doesn't look bad, but I find that a poncho tarp is better set up in this fashion. This puts less tension on the hood area, which is the weak spot of the tarp. It's really easy to tension as well. Lots of ways to pitch a tarp though!

This is a BMW tarp, by the way.


Edited by djohnson on 09/26/2007 20:09:03 MDT.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: setting up Golite poncho tarp on 09/26/2007 20:33:40 MDT Print View

Hi Doug

That makes sense about the hood's weakness.

I will try the 'lean to' approach tomorrow.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Re: Re: setting up Golite poncho tarp on 09/26/2007 21:13:58 MDT Print View

I also highly recommend sealing the seams around the neck. This adds a lot of strength.

The lean-to is a good deal- especially if you can put the down side into the wind.

Have fun- poncho tarps are cool stuff!

Dave .
(Ramapo) - F
Jealous on 09/26/2007 23:05:04 MDT Print View

Man, I have to ditch my tent and get a tarp. I've never tried one, but they do look like a lot of fun.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Jealous on 09/26/2007 23:55:01 MDT Print View

It IS fun David! So simple and minimal.

I especially love the ponchotarp/UL bivy combination in dodgy weather. Living in Washington, I HATE a tarp in heavy bug season, but other than that, they are sweet.

Yeah, yeah- I know there are bug options for tarps, but I just love a Tarptent during bug season.

Tarps are COOL.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: tarp - bugs - wet on 09/27/2007 07:07:13 MDT Print View

Good point about bugs and wet conditions. Offset more bugs and wet with more protection...

[ more weight ]
Tarptent (Contrail) - more bugs - wetter
Poncho tarp with bivy - somewhere between
Poncho tarp - less bugs - dryer
[ less weight ]

P. P.
(toesnorth) - F

Locale: PNW
Another poncho/tarp lover. on 09/27/2007 09:32:11 MDT Print View

I have the GoLite and I love it in wet weather. I don't, however, use it in place of a tent. I use it for a lunch stop shelter for two and for a cooking shelter in camp.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
poncho tarp lean-to on 09/27/2007 17:23:51 MDT Print View

The lean-to was easier to set up than the A frame.

Also tried using the center and one end for the poles, and this made the front open part more taunt.



I think my next step is go into the "wild" with it.

Nat Lim
(LithiumMetalman) - F

Locale: Cesspool Central!
Nice looking! on 09/27/2007 17:31:15 MDT Print View

Nice setup, I like to stake out the side middles as well, but I really like to use the modified lean-to set-up as well. I personally find the bivy a personal choice, 1/2 the time i go with it and the other 1/2 without, really depends on the situation. Anyways have fun!

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: poncho tarp lean-to on 09/27/2007 21:26:04 MDT Print View

Do you bring the map that shows all of those numerous

Edited by jshann on 09/27/2007 21:27:27 MDT.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: map for guylines on 09/28/2007 06:18:33 MDT Print View

Hi John,

Unfortunately, a map will not do.

Only thing that works is praying!
: )

Michael Skwarczek
(uberkatzen) - F

Locale: Sudamerica
RE: setting up Golite poncho tarp on 10/03/2007 12:48:35 MDT Print View


What are you using for your drop cloth in that pic?

Ken Bennett
(ken_bennett) - F

Locale: southeastern usa
half-pyramid on 10/05/2007 18:57:32 MDT Print View

I set mine up in the half-pyramid shape, using a couple of trekking poles. I get easier access and better coverage on three sides. (But you need to make sure that the weather is coming from the covered side.)

Photo of half-pyramid setup.

Now that I look more closely, this is not my Golite poncho tarp, but rather a 6x10 homemade version. But the poncho tarp sets up well the same way.

Edited by ken_bennett on 10/05/2007 19:00:16 MDT.

Brett Morgan
(whyDRIVE) - F

Locale: East Tennessee
golite tarp poncho thing on 09/01/2009 20:00:49 MDT Print View

ok so im confused on this set up thing....would a piece of tyvek work well enough under you if it started to rain pretty hard. i just don't understand how this is going to protect me like my rei quarterdome t1 tent. i want to lose the weight but i love the protection. HELP ME!

Pete Clarke
(Calapidder) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Poncho on 09/01/2009 20:16:50 MDT Print View

Here's the thing about poncho-tarps. You are providing very little protection for yourself, so you need to take advantage of all that mother nature provides. As far as locations to set it up, you need to be in relatively soft ground (which absorbs water) and be at a higher level than the surrounding terrain. That way, any rain water will drain AWAY from you. Don't ever take the nice little gully as your site, because that's right where the rainwater will flow. I've used ponchos for two years now, and won't go back to a tent. There's a feeling of achievement in taking a little scrap of silnylon and blocking the wind and rain so you can sleep tight all night. I gotta say, I always find a new way to set it up, and I'm always so proud of myself that it stays put throughout the night! Have fun!

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: golite tarp poncho thing on 09/01/2009 20:18:26 MDT Print View

Hi Brett; and Welcome!

Tyvek will work very well, provded two things don't happen:

1) you aren't camped in a site where water will pool (down bags don't float:) )

2) the open edges of the tarp aren't exposed to driving rain

There are lots of posts, and a great article or two on this site, some of which require you becoming a member - WELL worth the modest fee, by the way. Also, I highly recommend Ryan Jordan's book (available here, as well) and specifically the chapter on advanced tarp techniques.

Have fun, and report back with what you decide to do!