View Full Version : another flat tarp question

03-12-2019, 10:09
As a follow up to my prior post "flat tarp size"..., what set-up configuration do you mostly use?

03-12-2019, 11:43
A ridgeline is a good setup wherever you're in a hammock or on the ground. if tied off to trees it is very easy to adjust the height. you can tie out to trekking poles or sticks to open one side.

half pyramid is a quick, easy, and reliable setup in the rain, as long as the wind doesn't switch directions on you.

03-12-2019, 13:44
The three pitches I most often use are pretty traditional: A-frame (the roomiest), half-pyramid (really more like an open hexamid) for small spots or open ground with no trees, and a flying diamond for best protection in swirly winds and rain.

03-12-2019, 15:36
I like the flying diamond. For setup I start with a ridgeline from a stake at the point all the way to the tree. While I could use less rope this lets me get the ridgeline setup while still wearing my poncho if it is raining and gives me a clothesline inside. Used my OPSEC poncho (5x9) with the longer side staked toward potential weather and shorter side staked opposite. Could add the tarp I used for a ground cloth to close up a little more in bad weather. Found a nice bedroom window to look out of that weekend. Ignore the stinky socks.


Feral Bill
03-12-2019, 16:04
Flying diamond on the ground, diagonal ridge line in my hammock. 44811

03-12-2019, 19:35
Thanks guys, I appreciate all the help!

03-12-2019, 21:43
Square tarp setups

Feral Bill
03-12-2019, 21:50
As an aside, an 8x10 and a 9x9 have nearly the same area and diagonal measure. I doubt either would disappoint.

03-14-2019, 08:09
Mostly a half pyramid, for expected bad weather a flying diamond, for expected great weather & no wind a lean-to.