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Old 03-17-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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Tarp for Shade?

Hello! Me and the girls are going camping with friends over Spring Break. We plan to use tarps for shade over the picnic tables and as awnings etc. What we cant figure out is if you are not allowed to tie ropes to trees, how do you support the tarps (like an awning)? We could probably park 2 vehicles the appropiate distance apart and use the minivan roof racks to create one dry/shaded areas but what about creating other dry/shady spots for the other sites? Any tips/tricks for making shade out of tarps would be much appreciated. I figure with all the prior backpackers/tent campers here I should get some great suggestions for creating shade when you cant use the trees.

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Old 03-17-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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Try this: ShelterLogic ShadeLogic Quick Clamp Canopy ShelterLogic ShadeLogic Quick Clamp Canopy 7ft. x 10ft., Green, Model# 14550 | Canopies | Northern Tool + Equipment I've not used it, but I've seen it at another campsite. Seems to be just the ticket! GPS
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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That's great for over a table but a bit pricey. What about for creating shade/dryness over a tent though? How would you support that?
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:13 PM   #4
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Would tent poles and rope work for you?
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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Tent Poles???? Can you buy tent poles by themselves??
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:02 PM   #6
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Instead of putting wires, ropes or bungee cords through the holes or grommets, put a bunch of dirt or a biggish rock and create a pocket, then tie or attach your rope etc. around the pouch, that way your tarp wont tear.. I hope this make sense.
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I have seen references to "No Tarps" on the notice boards in some parks recently. Same applies to clothes lines so unless you know it is allowed where you are planning to go, it may be a waisted effort.
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Melissa,

found these at Campmor. Sure there are others out there.

Kelty Noah's Staff - Aluminum Pole, 28096 | Tent Accessories | Tents | GEAR | items from Campmor.

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Tent Poles???? Can you buy tent poles by themselves??
You can, yes. WalMart had fairly inexpensive ones the last time I looked. Or you might try your local Goodwill/Salvation Army/St Vincent de Paul/etc. Or even your parent's garage.

Tarps being heavy, they tend to sag in the middle. If you need to use a center pole, don't make a hole in your tarpaulin even by accident. Stick a tennis ball on the end of the pole to protect the tarpaulin.

If you use a bungee cord between your guy line and your stake you can avoid those horrible little clips that never work that well to keep your line tight. Of course there is always the venerable Taut-line hitch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ceilityme's tip is a good one to save a quality tarp but if you're planning to use blue polypropylene tarps you might as well use the grommets Imho. The tarps will be raggedy by the end of your trip in any case.

You can ask Byron: tarp camping is practically a mandatory rite of passage in the Northwest.
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Consider buying a Kelty Noah tarp and a couple of their adjustable poles. You'll need four guylines and four stakes. The tarps are available in several sizes. The shape of the Kelty tarps make them much easier to set up and less flappy than rectangular tarps. Here's a link to Campmor...

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If the issue is simply <not tying things to trees> , fling water bottles tied to a long string (attatched to the corners of the tarp or even better an old tent fly) over high branches. If the water bottles aren't heavy enough, you can peg the ropes down. To take the tarp down, just detatch the water bottles. Ta-dah. Hope this makes sense, I'll see if I can find a photo...

We're fans of the kitchen tent but use the tarp method on canoe trips..
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Melissa, get four kelty adjustable poles--campmor, REI, amazon all sell them. They are great--and they fold up, they're strong, really well made. For a tarp I would get Equinox urethane coated tarps--they fold up small, last forever, don't crinkle, and are really nice. Those are on sale at all the above online places too.

The kelty poles have a metal thing at one end that goes through the tarp grommet, and nice sturdy rubber caps on the bottom. They are adjustable from 6 to 8 feet. If used properly they'll hold against high wind.

With the Kelty adjustable poles you can put two poles a little higher than the other two so your shelter "leans" so that rain will run off it. You will have to guy out each pole--with bungee cords and stake them well. You'll want the bungee cord/guylines to slant out so that the entire structure holds well. Get a bunch of bungee cords at Walmart, in camping section.
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Humm. I really, really dislike tarps. Didn't like them when I was a tent camper, won't use them now with my trailer. I'd rather use my E-Z up (which isn't) than deal with tarps, poles, guy lines and stakes. The thing I remember the most, is spending a lot of time getting it "just right," then the flipping sun would move and now most of my tarped area was in the sun... like late afternoon. If you are going to be in an area where you NEED shade all the time... I'd suggest buying something that's free standing and can be moved around. One way or the other, you're making an investment. Whether you choose to invest in tarps, lines, poles and stakes or something that I consider more "usable" is certainly your choice. I buy for now and the future, not for one trip. YMMV

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See, Donna, I am just the opposite. I dislike bulky big canopy and screen shelters and having to clean them and carry them. The Equinox tarps are top of the line, and I love the versatility. I can make anything I want out of them in any shape or form. But I come from a tenting experience of a year and a lot of research into backpacking ultralite gear. So the idea I can fold something up and it's lightweight and can serve multiple purposes is just great for me. We had a screen shelter and ditched it. Too big, bulky, and got too dirty too often, hard to clean.
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