19 PITCH A TARP.

Backpacker - - CAMP -

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.

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