The uses of tarps

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The tarps are sturdy and waterproof tarpaulins making it possible to constitute ephemeral shelters in the form of a stretched canvas. In bushcraft, tarps can effectively cover a hammock to sleep in the shelter. In bivouac, they make it possible to form shelters easy to set up. They offer a weight gain and of place very valuable in organizing your backpack.

This is why we are going to offer you different ways to set up your camp depending on the situations you present to you using your tarpaulin.

The tarp

The canvas of a tarp is extremely resistant to tension and wrinkling and can be used in the most extreme. However, it is a fabric, so it has one major drawback that can easily hamper its effectiveness: the perforation.

The tarp is very light but be careful when using it. It is based on awareness and experience that you own. Do not go to a bivouac without first having assembled and dismantled your shelter several times. It’s all about practice and practice, the more you use it the easier it will be for you to install it.

Types of facilities

Use of the Hammock

For the installation of your shelter, it is preferable to find a flat terrain. Moreover, this is not always possible, which is why you have to know how to deal with this kind of situation. In this specific case, a solution is possible. Locate two relatively strong trees, at a close distance and preferably sheltered from the wind, to install your hammock. You can then fix your tarp above to protect yourself from bad weather and insects. In addition, using a hammock will allow you to be protected from the ground. In that case, you don’t have to worry about humidity or even wildlife that might disturb you.

As shown below, you can now find the Crossed hammock of the brand Highlander on our online site.

The half-tipi

The installation of a tarp in half-tipi is extremely useful against bad weather. It allows a good protection and turns out rather robust. In order to install it, no tree is needed, but only a mast. Adjust the height of this mast according to the space you want to have under your shelter. Keep in mind that the more space there is in height, the less there will be in width and vice versa. If you have to face bad weather, choose a low enough shelter which will protect you the best.

The lean-to assembly

This installation consists in fixing the tarp resting on only one side, the whole fixed between two trees. If you are not able to fix it to two trees, you can use two branches and block them in the eyelets of your tarpaulin. This type of assembly protects from the wind when it is well positioned, but does not allow it to be protected from the air since it is completely open to the outside. For use in the summer to cover up from the sun.

Editing in canadian

The Canadian assembly consists of stretching the tarp on each side of the shroud at an equal distance. This assembly, although less spaced, allows a better protection against external conditions, but it also allows a maintaining body heat. Perfect use in winter to fight the cold. In addition, it can be raised to cover a hammock as stated above.

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