Five Set-Ups for a Square Tarp — Camping, Hiking, Backpacking
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I own a tent, I own hammock — but still, my backpacking preference is often a simple square tarp. I understand that this is a personal preference, but for those lightweight-backpacking enthusiasts who don’t like being enclosed in a tent or a hammock, a square tarp might be something to consider.
There are many ways to set up a square tarp. In this video, I give a quick demonstration of my five favorite set-ups: A-frame, Lean-To, Wind Shelter, Lean-To with a Drip Peak, and a Diamond set-up.
I don’t include step-by-step instructions for any of the set-ups, but all are simple and easy to duplicate. For all but Diamond Set-up, which begins at the front, I begin the set-up by staking in the back end of the tarp. I then move to the front, first to one corner, then the other. The last step for any tarp set-up always consists of minor adjustments–tinkering with the placement of stakes and lines until the surface of the tarp is taught. (Admittedly, I was lazy about this last step in the video–again, it was for demonstration purposes only, and I wasn’t actually camping where I filmed the video.)
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I filmed this video on a Canon Powershot G7X. I edited the footage with Cyberlink PowerDirector 14.
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