/ Basha's and tarps?
I tend to use my rab storm for sleeping in, but im fed of of ending up wet either due to getting in and out, or unzipping it during the night (without realising!) so im now considering getting a basha/tarp to use with a walking pole ive got just to help that little bit more.
My question is which one and what size? I know if you buy a cheap one you may as well just have a one man tent which i do, but i still prefer the idea of a bivi/tarp.
Also what size? I can get a groundsheet from work in any size with eyelets for next to nothing that can go into my rucksack unnoticed lead flat, so why bother spending a lot of money?
Any advice or experiences with any tarps would be brilliant :D
All the best
Having said that I can see the attraction and I can see if you were proficient at putting it up in a variety of different ways it would be a nice way to camp.
The differences you'll get with a bought one is that it will be lighter, the fabric might tension better and there will be eyelets in sensible places. Try looking at the alp kit ones as a starting point.
Both do excellent tarps of varying weights n sizes.
You could split an orange survival bag to make a big sheet, add some grommets so you can peg it and use that. It's been my bivi system for 20 years......
Yep! I've got a DD poncho that doubles as a shelter...bit heavier, but great :-)..
I bought a B&Q tarp to try out exactly what you want to try.
It the blue plasticy material. Measure 2.5m x 3m and costs £4.99. It packs down relitivly small and comes with eyelets already in place. Does the job to try out something new.
You could get a small climbing club meet under that!
We used to have to bivvy with the standard issue poncho which was about 6' x 3' - but then our needs were a bit different!
Hope that helps any.
i'd echo Tenth Wonder tarps - i got a Sargasso, a 500g hexagonal job. its dead easy to use and erect, fairly idiot proof, and pretty hard-wearing. i think i paid about £25 for it and they delivered it FOC because the bloke happened to be going passed my house.
i'm very happy with it, and i'm happy to recommend them to anyone.
Have a crack at making your own! BnQ five quid tarp, cut and adjust to how you want it. Buy a grommet set for a fiver and create pegging points where you feel there is a need for extra tension in the system and hey presto, a lightweight tarp for a tenner :-)
Noooo gotta be green :-D
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