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Sale. Flat Tarp 2 White $80


White 2 person tarp at a great price.

Choose white from the drop down menu.

https://bivysack.com/shop?olsPage=products%2Fflattarp2

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Grommet in webbing vs sewn loop for tarp tie out


grommet held while hem tore at stitch line. Unreinforced 1" web tie out with top of stitching past hem stitch held.

grommet held while hem tore at stitch line. Unreinforced 1″ web tie out with top of stitching past hem stitch held.

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Control those tarp cords


A simple coiling method to keep cord untangled until you need them. I learned this at Outward Bound. Firm Cord works best. I like to use 2mm cord on the most used tie outs and carry a bit of 1mm cord for long reaches to distant anchors.

Starting at the bitter end, coil around hand leaving a foot or two  between the hand and tarp attachment point.

Starting at the bitter end, coil around hand leaving a foot or two between the hand and tarp attachment point.

Wrap the remaining cord tightly around the first coil and then pass a loop, close to the tarp attach point, through one end of the now figure eight shape of the coil.

Wrap the remaining cord tightly around the first coil and then pass a loop, close to the tarp attach point, through one end of the now figure eight shape of the coil.

Loop this over the other end of the figure eight and pull. Reverse process when  you need to use the cord to tie up your tarp/tent.

Loop this over the other end of the figure eight and pull. Reverse process when you need to use the cord to tie up your tarp/tent.

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Customer reaction


“Amazing quality, Dave! This was my first ever pitch of a pyramid tarp and it took me only a couple of minutes. Looking forward to using this for multi day backcountry skiing, backpacking, river running, mountain biking, etc. Thank you, Scott”

Scott's mid 1 IMG_20150213_143424866

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TP tip


On many Outward Bound courses, toilet paper was left at home and local natural items substituted to cut down on backcountry environmental impact. In some desert environs, where the most popular substitutes of snow or vegetation weren’t available, toilet paper was carried and then burned or carried out. It should be obvious (but unfortunately not to all) that burning toilet paper is a great hazard in forest fire conditions, so carrying it out was then prefered.

In some damper times and places, burning works well. Here is what I like to bring (in addition to using snow and other substitutes). Weighs 23 grams and is enough for 2 weeks.

Tiny cuben fiber stuffsack lined with thin plastic for water tightness.
14 half sheets of paper towel (more durable than tp and burns readily)
7 feet of jute cord

I cut a 6″ section of the jute cord and fuzz it up and use it to catch a spark from a mish metal flint which then catches the paper towel and with care will burn the whole thing to ash.
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Counter Balance Bear Hang


Counter Balance Food Hang

Counter Balance Food Hang

How to hang food using the counter balance with retrieval cord method.

Pick appropriate tree and branch. In bad bear areas a proper tree may dictate where you camp. As you near timber line there may not be tall enough trees, so you must plan ahead. The limb should be about 20+ feet from the ground. Higher is better as bears are less likely to jump off a limb onto the bags if they know they will take a long fall. The bags should hang about 10′ out from the tree. Where the rope goes over the limb, the diameter of the limb should be about the size of your wrist or smaller. Larger and they can climb out the limb, smaller and they can break or chew through the limb. Some bears can get any food hang too. Check with local authorities about food storage methods. Food hangs work best with wild bears that have some fear of humans.

Camping with groups, we had to hang as much as 200 lbs of food each evening. It can take several hours, and several trees, to do it right for that much food. A bear resistant canister may be a safer and easier choice for some folks.

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Hear are some custom food hang bags by Oware. Ultralight silnylon and noseeum net made for BackpackingLight.com, and heavy Cordura ones made for various Outdoor Schools.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABear Hang Bag

Note the bright orange throw sacks for holding a rock when setting up, and the cord when not in use. Orange is easier to find if you have a bad throw.

The heavy bags use a reflective loop on the bottom (for a retrieval cord) that can be quickly seen at night with a flashlight when checking for suspicious bear like sounds.

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Customer FlatTarp set up Photos


Grateful to a customer who sent these photos of a FlatTarp set up at several campsites.CustomerFlatTarpPhotos

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