19 PITCH A TARP.
In warm weather, unless you’re in scorpion country, ditch the tent. If you get proficient with a tarp, you can stay dry in almost any conditions. Start with a tarp that measures at least 8 by 10 feet. 1 Look for a sheltered, well- drained spot and find trees spaced about 12 feet apart—or use trekking poles. 2 String a ridgeline 3 to 4 feet high. Keep the wall edge close to the ground if it’s rainy. If it’s nice, pitch the head side higher (around 5 feet) for better ventilation. 3 If stringing between trees, use a clove hitch on one side and a tensioning trucker’s hitch on the other. If fastening between trekking poles, use a clove hitch around each pole and a trucker’s hitch around stakes, roots, or rocks. 4 Anchor the tarp’s edges close to the ground.