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Setting up a tarp

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Setting up a tarp

So you want to hammock camp or take a group out with a shelter? You've got your tarp, now what?

Thanks to DD Hammocks, one of our core brands, here are 4 basic ways to set up your tarp.

First if you're new to using a tarp, you might want to consider the following accessories to make your set-up easier:

  • DD Cord: recommended for use as your tarp ridge line

  • Ridge line loks: These make the ridge line easy to loosen and tighten, and there's no need for knots!

  • Extra pegs and guy lines: Get the most out of your DD tarp's 19 attachment points by adding further peg-out points for more complex set-ups.

Now you have the gear, it's time to rig your tarp. There are a whole variety of set-up options possible with a DD tarp – in fact it'd be difficult to list them all, so below we've included the most useful set-ups to get you started. Once you have the basics, we're sure you'll be eager to try even more!

A-Frame
The most common set-up for hammock camping.

The tarp can be hung from a rope (ridge line) between two trees using the central attachment points on top.
Once the centre line is in place the 4 corners can be pegged out using the guy ropes and then additional side points pegged out if required.

Diamond
End-to-end protection (suitable for square-dimensioned tarps only).

A useful set-up option for use with hammocks in windy conditions when rain can blow in from the ends.
Simply tie two corners to two trees or posts, and then using the pegs and guy lines peg the other two corners into the ground to create the diamond set-up as shown.
In very strong winds you can also tie out some of the other attachment points to create a solid shelter.

Lean-to
Great for a day shelter or for cover when bivi camping.

Various lean-to shelter styles can be created by pegging one side of the tarp down to the ground, and using the rest of the attachment points to increase the height or the amount of roof cover.
Useful if you are on the move, the lean-to shelter can be set up in minutes and provides a great shelter for lunch or rest stops.

 

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