opinions on the "ideal" minimum tarp size
- I've been using a 10x10 which requires a lot of rigging. (6 10'
lines at corners & midpoint, plus I've been using a ridge line, plus
4 stakes, plus a tarpskin).
I've been thinking of trimming back some, but how far? A hennessey
style diagonal tarp, gets rid of a lot of fabric and 4 guy lines and
2 stakes. This is very tempting because an 5'x8' tarp would
probably be sufficient. (I want to keep the top-load style hammock
body, otherwise the HH asym might be the ticket.)
Risk has used 5' x 10' tarp in very heavy storms and stayed dry.
This is a good size since it can be fabricated without a center seam
and doesn't require much more material than the 5x8.
A down side of tarp minimalism is you need a waterproof storage
system for your pack and non-sleeping gear.
How is everyone getting along with those HH micro-tarps? Any ideas?
- Dave Womble wrote:
>If you are out where it rains pretty solid for days on end and thereAmen! With the shelters of the AT, I find a more minimal tarp enough.
>is no other shelter except what you carry on your back, I'm thinking
>that the extra ounces for a larger tarp can be well worth it.
Without them, I'd carry an 8x10 or 10x10 tarp.