QWe want to string a tarpaulin between two trees that are perfect for a shoot shelter and lunch stop. The trees in question do not have forks that are low enough so we’ll need to rig up something else. Do you have any bright ideas for us that won’t damage the trees?
AJONNY CROCKETT replies: I use something called a ‘cambium saver’. This is tough webbing strap that you wrap around the tree trunk, preferably a couple of times. At each end of the webbing strap there is a metal ring. Attach a carabiner to the
rings and thread a rope through the carabiner. If you do this on both trees then the rope can be tied onto the first trunk, passed through the first carabiner, across the gap (where you want your tarp) to the second carabiner, and then down to be tied off again round the base of the second tree.
Before pulling it taught, drape the tarpaulin over the rope. Haul away and then peg out the corners.
The webbing straps don’t cut into the tree and if you take the load off the rope then they can easily be loosened using a couple of sticks... and no damage to the trees!