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Light Inexpensive Multi-Use Hatchet


Backpacking where frozen ground makes pounding in tent stakes tough, a small hammer or hatchet is useful. If one is in an area of excess wood, campfires, wood tent stakes and poles might be part of the trip. Then a hatchet can be good to have.

Marble makes a small hatchet which weighs 13 ounces and I found for $17 plus shipping. Small enough it fits in my back pocket. It does a good job at pounding stakes, and is useful for light wood gathering. I like it for tapping away fire starting pitch chunks from the “cat face” of a pine tree, quickly limbing off the small dead pencil size “magic sticks” at the base of trees, making shavings and getting at dry wood in a dead stump. It is smaller than the usual hatchets, so won’t be up to larger tasks like felling anything more than a sapling. You won’t be splitting rounds with this, but for wood gettin’ I find it better than a pocket knife and sometimes better than a saw. I made a small leather sheath that leaves one side open for driving stakes and weighs 1/2 ounce. It came sharp enough for most tasks but if you like to whittle, it needs a bit of work with a stone to be shaving sharp. The wood appears to have a light varnish, but if you like could be sanded and tung oiled.

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Extra Large Camping Tarp


Custom 11.5 X 20′ 70 Denier Tarp

Customer Photo by Douglas I.

 

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Pyramid, Customer Photo


In the San Juans in Colorado. 

-Russell Biser

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Make Your Own Backpacking Tarp Kits


DIY Kits for 5×8′, 9×9′ and 10×10′ ultralight tarps

How to Video Steps

1 Sew Reinforce Panel Tie Outs

2 Sew Tarp Center Seam, 1st Pass

3 Top Stitch Center Seam, 2nd Pass

4 Sew Reinforced Tie Out to Center of Tarp Along Seam

5 Sewing the hem and inserting reinforcements

6 Sewing on the webbing

 

 

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Tarp Kit, DIY 5×8 Backpacking Tarp


 

 

 

 

 

You provide the sewing machine, labor and thread.

https://bivysack.com/shop/ols/products/tarp-kit-5×8-30-denier-silicone-nylon

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Group Tarps on a BSA High Adventure


Great Example of using paddles for tarp poles.

Photos curtesy of Stephen Miller.

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New size solo tarp. 6×9.5 feet


Flat 6×9.5′ long solo tarp shelter for 1. Plenty of coverage without excess weight.

Available in subtle colors or a standout in night and day – orange with white.

8 reinforced web tie outs around hem, and 2 tie outs centered over feet and head.

Price includes shipping in the USA, and a stuff sack.

30 Denier Silnylon various colors weighs 11 oz. 70d double thick silnylon in yellow weighs aprox 20 oz.

One seam along the center running the short distance (side to side lying underneath)

Notes- fabric is NOT flame retardant, keep away from heat and flame.

Tarp 6×9.5′- Buy it here

flat tarp 1.6 6x9.5'

flat tarp 1.6 6×9.5′

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More Cat Tarp 2’s available now with more side tie outs


Cat  Tarp 2 now with 12 tie out points

Cat Tarp 2 now with 12 tie out points

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Netting Tarps, more size options added.


Tarps with netting perimeter in 2, 3 and 5 person sizes. Popular with Outdoor Education groups.

Group and school pricing available (call)

http://shop.bivysack.com/Net-Tarp_c16.htm

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Tarp patch to hold center pole, paddle or oar


Need to use something to keep the middle of your tarp supported?

Sewn on the underside of a tarp, this will keep wear of the main fabric and the pole/paddle in place.

Tarp paddle holder

Tarp paddle holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

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