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Questions tagged [tarp-tents]

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How to tie a Purcell Prusik from a single end/ non looped rope?

There is the regular Purcell Prusik, which can be used for adjustable tethers or create foot loops for ascending a rope, but it is also useful to know how to tie it with only one end of the rope ...
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How much of a difference in insulation will a reflective tarp make?

In addition to space blankets, you can get reusable tarps with a reflective coating on one side. For the most part, they are just like regular tarps with grommets for tie downs and are big enough to ...
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How to compactify the long straps on a tent or tarp when not in use?

Tents and tarps have these long straps (sketch here), which may be used to tie them to distant trees. When unused, they can look untidy and become tangled. This can happen both when the tent is in use ...
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Open-sided tarp in rain

I saw people using a square tarp sort of like this: Will you not get flooded during rain? Specifically, I'm wondering about water flowing in on the ground from the front. Tyically, tents have a ...
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Are square or rectangular tarp shapes more versatile?

I'd like to try tarp camping. 3m x 3m (9ft x 9ft) and 3m x 4m (9ft x 12ft) tarps of differing material are plentiful and many are even affordable. Which tarp shape is more versatile in the number of ...
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What could be the cause of condensation on the tent floor?

My girlfriend and I have been staying in a tent for several months now in a friend's garden. Neither of us has camping experience and with the weather getting cold, we are starting to have problems ...
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Without rain/snow/wind would it be significantly warmer to sleep under a tarp?

If you are sleeping in a rainstorm it would be warmer to sleep under a tarp, since otherwise you are going to get wet. It would be rather difficult to enclose a space with a tarp to the level that a ...
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How to DIY a tent footprint for the 'Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2' tent? [duplicate]

Numerous customers who bought the manufacturer-made tent footprint for the 'Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2' tent reported on Amazon that the tent footprint is poorly made and NOT AT ALL a good purchase. ...
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Any luck mixing gear sheds/porches/garages with different brands of tents?

We have an REI half dome 2 plus tent, but during our last trip it rained quite a bit. While this tent has two vestibules, they are low and were mostly filled with gear, so that when we unzipped to get ...
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Dealing With Wind Direction Changes When Sleeping In A Tarp

I've recently switched from using a tent to using a tarp, and on the whole I'm really enjoying it, however there is one thing I haven't solved. How do people deal with situations where the wind ...
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What is a good tarp setup for very high winds above the tree line?

Assuming it's very impractical to get down to reach the tree line; and that the wind is changing direction very often - so a setup with several sides closed would be preferred - what would be a good ...
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May camping with a tarp be safer than using a tent, in bear country? [duplicate]

I just read this question about bears and tents and according to the answers, if you ever have to use a bear spray, you have to do so outside of your tent (quite reasonably). I am wondering if ...
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Camping with a tarp, what are risks about animals?

I have never camped using a tarp (and just a sleeping bag under), and I am wondering about it. I am thinking about camping in Canada, and the animals around there are apparently mostly bears and other ...
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How to decide which tarp size to take?

I am thinking about getting some tarp as a 1-person shelter for hiking this summer. There is a large choice of tarps on the market. The difference between them are often the size and the material it ...
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How to make a fully-enclosed tarp setup with a 1.4 x 2.4 meter tarp, for one person?

While I am moving more and more towards an ultralight approach to the outdoors, I am discovering that carrying less doesn't only lighten the load on your body; it also puts you closer to the ...
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What features should I consider when evaluating a hammock-tent hybrid?

I have seen a number of hammock posts which replace the traditional tent structure by incorporating a waterproof bivi as top cover. Have any Outdoors.SE used a system of that description and can ...
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Would 4mil polyethylene plastic make a good tarp tent? Clear Plastic Tarp?

For example the plastic that one can attain from most hardware stores. The heavier plastics that are less prone to tearing, and mainly used for construction. (like here) What are some of pros and ...
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What's the best lightweight pole for a tarp?

I'm considering starting to use a bivvy bag/tarp combination for solo backpacking in the UK (read: no trees where I'll be walking!) Most people seem to use trekking pole(s) for rigging these up which ...
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Why do people who backpack sleep in tents instead of tarps?

I know that this has been debated for some time (whether it is better to sleep in a tent or a tarp) but recently this debate came up between my friends and me, and I am just feeling out this possible ...
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When is it too cold for Tarping?

I'm looking to get a tarp, and considering when I want to go out with it. My three season tent with the rain fly has pretty good heat retention, and while it doesn't get toasty, it does stay warmer ...
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Spectra/Dyneema groundsheet punctures

I'm about to purchase a full 4.2oz/yd Spectra/Dyneema woven groundsheet (with no coatings) to use under an inflated raft with a 150lb person sleeping on top of it. Question: Is woven full spectra/...
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What is the proper way to tarp tent to avoid condensation?

I tried pitching a tarp instead of a tent this weekend. In worked well, kept off the rain etc, except for the condensation. It was far worse than any condensation I've ever had in a tent. We had ...
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What to look for in a quality tarp?

I'd like to purchase a tarp as some point, both to put up over a small camp at some point, and to use over a hammock. When I've camped with my uncle he's used a folded over builders tarp, which has ...