|Just over a fiver buys you all this.|
|Maybe just not big enough?|
|It doesn’t stretch so pitches like Cuben!|
|Lean-to with added ‘veranda’.|
What I really needed was a bigger tarp but I didn’t have was a bigger tarp … but I did have a second tarp. Combining the 2 suddenly opens up many more options and greatly increases your chances of remaining dry. Added to the lean-to, it creates a decent ‘veranda’ and transforms your shelter into something which will happily sleep 2.
|‘A’ frame and modest car-port.|
|Don’t forget to put the blue one under the green.|
If you add the small tarp to the front rather than the side you can form a porch, sadly it’s only a porch on one side but it does now allow you to now lie length ways and provides a decent area to stash your gear.
|Usually a sticky-out bit would be called a beak – we’ll say porch.|
The reality is that while I’d happily sleep under these set-ups in reasonable conditions, I’d be a little reluctant in heavy rain or high winds. I’ve no doubt that the material is fully waterproof but the quality of manufacture would always be a concern, particularly the eyelets. With a little MYOG type magic you could easily add some cross-grain loops and do away with the suspect eyelets altogether but are you then entering a world where buying a ‘proper’ tarp is the more sensible option? … I suppose you have to make that choice for yourself.
There’s no denying that if you’re short of cash, don’t like doing things the easy way or just enjoying playing about with stuff, a cheap tarp (or maybe 2) could well be worth the investment.
Available from Poundland, Pound -Stretcher and most other discount shops nationwide.