Map, Compass & GPS

Map, Compass & GPS
Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Very Affordable Shelter

Affordable, quick to set up, and can't beat a blue poly tarp.

Leon has a great post here on the poly tarp.

Through personal experience I've learned that the 10' x 12' tarp is the best fit in all seasons.  The 8' x 10' is just a tad bit too small.

Further, the visibility offered by the tarp his huge.  I am finding that the blue tarp stands out in the forest as does hunter orange.

By Leon Pantenburg

My brother Mike and I were on an elk hunt, and had backpacked miles back from any road into Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest.

This emergency tarp shelter is quick to set up and the components are easily-carried. In an emergency, you will probably not have the time and necessary skills to make a waterproof shelter out of native materials.

Because we had to go light, our only shelter was two blue plastic tarps. We looked around quickly, tied a line between two trees that were about 15 feet apart, and quickly set the 10-by-12-foot across it in an A-Frame fashion. We set the tarp so the uphill tree’s drip line would hit it about two feet downhill. We anchored the edges and corners with rocks.

The other tarp was placed inside as a ground cover. The uphill edges were raised with rocks, so water would flow around the sleeping bags, backpacks and rifles that were stacked on it.
TV survival shows to the contrary, it is virtually impossible to make a waterproof shelter out of natural materials, even if you have the time, tools and practice! Even with a tarp, you must have some idea or plan on how to fashion a refuge from the elements.

To read the rest of the article go here.

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