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Old 11-01-2012, 08:11 PM   #466
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Lots of Tarp Info

Sorry if this has already been posted before, but you guys are interested in tarps and it has a lot of ways to set up tarps for different uses...

http://www.equipped.com/tarp-shelters.htm
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:05 AM   #467
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I just don't understand how you guys get by with only a tarp to sleep under in the rain. Doesn't the ground get saturated with water? If on a slope there would be water flowing down hill. If on a flat, doesn't the water want to pool around? Maybe in a light rain it would be okay but in an all night thunderstorm, there is going to be a lot of water on the ground! Where I live, during a rain there are puddles and water flowing everywhere. I understand the use of a groundcloth but why doesn't it flood out?
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:09 AM   #468
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always wanted a tarp but never bothered.

might have to now after seeing all these good uses
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:24 AM   #469
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I've used tarps for many years for backcountry trips where keeping the bulk as small as possible is important, most of my motorcylce trips I take a freestanding tent because I tend to run long days and it makes a faster camp setup.

This is a silnylon rig called a patrol shelter with a serenity net bug bivy under it, they are both made by Mountain Laurel Designs, I have a couple of lite folding poles for it but if I'm on a bike I just use the handlebar to hold up the higher end.

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Old 11-07-2012, 09:29 AM   #470
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Old Man Winter tarp with doors and center pole mod. (made by Wilderness Logics) Made of sylnylon and packs down really, really small (coke can small). I put adjustable tension lines on the four corners.
Don't sleep on the ground...use a hammock...
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:37 PM   #471
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Hhhmmm... That dog looks familiar.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #472
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Dog ? I was lookin at the Viffer...love the yellow.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:32 PM   #473
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Viffer is mine... Kenda the Wonder Dog is not, but she is cute. Thanks for the comment.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:36 AM   #474
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Viffers...the only whining I LIKE to hear.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:17 PM   #475
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I just don't understand how you guys get by with only a tarp to sleep under in the rain. Doesn't the ground get saturated with water? If on a slope there would be water flowing down hill. If on a flat, doesn't the water want to pool around? Maybe in a light rain it would be okay but in an all night thunderstorm, there is going to be a lot of water on the ground! Where I live, during a rain there are puddles and water flowing everywhere. I understand the use of a groundcloth but why doesn't it flood out?
I hope you get some replies on this, because I have been wondering the same thing.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #476
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I hope you get some replies on this, because I have been wondering the same thing.
Same here...
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:59 PM   #477
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If I'm on the ground with a tarp I only count on it for the dew.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:01 PM   #478
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I just don't understand how you guys get by with only a tarp to sleep under in the rain. Doesn't the ground get saturated with water? If on a slope there would be water flowing down hill. If on a flat, doesn't the water want to pool around? Maybe in a light rain it would be okay but in an all night thunderstorm, there is going to be a lot of water on the ground! Where I live, during a rain there are puddles and water flowing everywhere. I understand the use of a groundcloth but why doesn't it flood out?


If your in an inner tent with a waterproof tub the water flows around and under.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:51 AM   #479
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I just don't understand how you guys get by with only a tarp to sleep under in the rain. Doesn't the ground get saturated with water? If on a slope there would be water flowing down hill. If on a flat, doesn't the water want to pool around? Maybe in a light rain it would be okay but in an all night thunderstorm, there is going to be a lot of water on the ground! Where I live, during a rain there are puddles and water flowing everywhere. I understand the use of a groundcloth but why doesn't it flood out?
I've been through snow, hail, rain and extended downpours, and stayed quite dry under a tarp.

It's all in the proper siting of the tarp, and the spot underneath. Take advantage of high points of ground when you can, as well, use trees and boulders which naturally block the flow of water. Avoid setting up in a gully or in a low spot... pretty much sums it up. It's also helpful when the ground itself is still absorbent, so the water isn't all flowing overland.
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I've been through snow, hail, rain and extended downpours, and stayed quite dry under a tarp.

It's all in the proper siting of the tarp, and the spot underneath. Take advantage of high points of ground when you can, as well, use trees and boulders which naturally block the flow of water. Avoid setting up in a gully or in a low spot... pretty much sums it up. It's also helpful when the ground itself is still absorbent, so the water isn't all flowing overland.

+1. If you don't have a high point to set up on, the you could always dig a small trench around if on flat ground. If you set up in a bowl, well.....
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