RE: [Hammock Camping] opinions on the "ideal" minimum tarp size
- You've heard this from me before, but here it is again. My
ideal tarp is 8 x 8 feet, with tie-outs at the corners and
halfway along the sides.
I usually pitch on the diagonal, and this gives enough
length to nicely cover the length of my hammock. Since it's
square, you don't have to figure out any orientation, just
grab a corner and attach it to something. (Possibly, this
distributes wear on the tarp, but I think that's a trivial
This size creates a comfortable space under which I can cook
on rainy days.
It's juuuuuust barely big enough to pitch in A-frame
configuration if the weather's really nasty.
It does require a seam.
- 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.