Those of us who are fans of tarps already know they are a versatile and protective shelter.
A tarp made of a modern lightweight material takes up little space in your pack yet creates a relatively large covered area for little weight.
What’s more you can have a fire under a tarp if you pitch it right. You can walk in and out of the sides and you don’t even need to take your boots off to do so.
For all its plus points, though, a tarp is dependent on there being something to attach it to.
Carrying or creating pegs is the obvious solution. But there are other options open to you too.
I look for these opportunities first, before setting out to make any tarp pegs. Not only do the methods below save time and effort when pitching your tarp, they also mean you don’t need to cut green material for pegs unnecessarily.
Attaching Tarp Guylines To Upright Trees
We automatically attach the main ridgeline to trees. Why not look for other trees to attach your guylines to as well? To avoid a saggy tarp and achieve a nice taught surface, you need to judge the angles correctly.
Horizontal Tarp Attachment Options
Don’t just look for horizontal trees, there are many other angles that can be helpful. In fact, they can be more useful in terms of getting the guyline at just the right angle relative to the corner of your tarp, so that you achieve a nice taught surface which sheds water.
Similarly, in areas which are more rocky, you can also make use of rocks in a similar way.
Look Even Lower For Somewhere To Attach Your Tarp Guyline
The keen eyed will spot surface roots amongst the leaf litter. Silver birch trees often provide particularly good examples. Don’t go digging and uncovering roots but if there is a natural gap underneath that you can slip the guyline through, why not make use of it as an attachment point?
How To Tension Your Tarp Guyline
The adjustable guyline hitch is very useful for quickly attaching a tarp guyline by looping it around a fixed point and then creating a friction hitch which is also quick-release.
If you don’t know how to tie this knot or need a refresh, have a watch of the video below…
The combination of being able to tie the adjustible guyline hitch quickly and having a keen eye for the available attachments points, will have your tarp pitched in extra fast time.
Let us know if the above tips were useful? Also, let us know if you’ve used attachment points you’ve other than just plain old pegs.
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