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With heavy rain being a fairly regular feature here in the UK – even during the summer – I rarely, if ever, go for a day hike without taking a waterproof jacket. This is hardly an earth-shattering revelation as I’m sure this preference is almost universal amongst those heading for the great British outdoors. What’s probably less common is packing a tarp.

Certainly many well-prepared hill walkers will take an orange plastic survival bag into the hills with them. Other hill goers will take a bothy-bag group shelter, particularly if they are in a group rather than solo. In reducing heat-loss and warding off hypothermia, survival bags and group shelters are potential life-savers on exposed hillsides.

While you can use survival bags to make a whole host of shelters in the woods too, this is not something you tend to do unless it’s an emergency. electricity generation in usa Certainly once you have removed a survival bag from its packaging and unfolded it, they are difficult to re-pack. Moreover, if you cut them down two sides to open them out as a tarp, they no longer function as a survival bag. gaz 67 So you would have to buy another before the next outing to the hills.

A tarp that packs small and is light in weight goes unnoticed in your day pack until you need it. One that is quickly and easily stung up is a boon on otherwise wet lunch stops. If you want to stop for longer, you have a dry space in the woods for as long as you need it. As the heavens opened I was able to pitch this tarp quickly between trees. Note one corner on the near side is pitched lower to help shed heavy rain. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

A lightweight tarp has a similar weight to a heavy-gauge polythene survival bag or a small-to medium sized group shelter. There are many good tarps on the market. electricity deregulation The one I particularly like for my day-pack is a silicone-coated nylon ‘Scout Tarp’ I bought at MEC in Toronto. For CAD$60 this tarp represents really good value. It weighs only 450g (1lb) with guy lines attached and is very versatile in the ways it can be pitched. Covering an area of 2.1×2.9m, the Scout Tarp is big enough for two people to sleep under and at least a couple more to sit under. electricity use estimator For a group, carrying a larger tarp is likely to reduce overall weight compared to everyone in the group carrying smaller, individual-sized tarps. A larger tarp also provides a communal space within which you can share stories, jokes, and talk over plans while waiting out the bad weather.

Making your day out in the woods more comfortable is, for some, a debatable luxury. But a tarp could also be a lifesaver in more difficult situations, reducing heat-loss and defending against hypothermia. In cold damp conditions, the tarp obviously provides a haven from the rain. What surprises some people is that, as long as you are reasonably careful, you can light a fire directly under even a small, lightweight tarp.

With a tarp pitched in a fairly standard fashion, open on all sides, this creates a warm air space under the tarp and you get much more benefit from a relatively small fire than you do with just a fire. In heavy rain, you would need a much bigger fire to create the same warmth as you get with a tarp-and-small-fire combination. Convection currents under the tarp carry warm air back down onto you as well as getting the benefit of direct radiant heat from the fire. gas bloating diarrhea A tarp and a fire provide near-instant refuge in the woods. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

The time you have to be most careful is when you first light the fire, when small fuel is burning. This can burn fast and quite high. Once the fire is established, you can slow it down, burning larger fuel. electricity recruitment 2015 You might feel safer establishing a fire outside of the tarp then moving it underneath. It’s worth bearing in mind, however, a tarp will protect your tinder and/or kindling from rain as you ignite and establish your fire. gas oil ratio for weed eater Sitting by the fire under a tarp – a comfortable warm space. You benefit from the warm air trapped under the tarp in addition to direct, radiant heat from the fire. Using a metal mug, you can also heat water for a warming drink. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

Hi Paul.Great article.Cant beat a tarp .Used them alot in the military in French Guyanne rainforest. We,d sleep in hammocks with tarps above us and besides protecting us from the weather you,d sleep sounder knowing your protected from weird fellas falling from the canopy overhead onto you during the night.We used to leave a blob of shaving foam on the para cord for both tarp and hammock to dscourage ants and spiders from travelling down the cord and onto you and your kit.Also found it invaluable for collecting fresh rainwater which is like nectar compared to the brackish water with purification tablets we normally had.Invaluable also for having a clean surface when cleaning kit and weapons and help from losing anything.Makes an excellant stretcher also in minutes with two strong staves.If there wasnt suitable trees around to tie the guylines off we would cut branches about 6 ft to span the end eye holes and simply tie this at the centre off the support trees.Thanks again Paul for this and all the othes articles.Danny

Hi Paul.Great article.Cant beat a tarp .Used them alot in the military in French Guyanne rainforest. We,d sleep in hammocks with tarps above us and besides protecting us from the weather you,d sleep sounder knowing your protected from weird fellas falling from the canopy overhead onto you during the night.We used to leave a blob of shaving foam on the para cord for both tarp and hammock to dscourage ants and spiders from travelling down the cord and onto you and your kit.Also found it invaluable for collecting fresh rainwater which is like nectar compared to the brackish water with purification tablets we normally had.Invaluable also for having a clean surface when cleaning kit and weapons and help from losing anything.Makes an excellant stretcher also in minutes with two strong staves.If there wasnt suitable trees around to tie the guylines off we would cut branches about 6 ft to span the end eye holes and simply tie this at the centre off the support trees.Thanks again Paul for this and all the othes articles.Danny

But for decades i used the german military poncho. gas out game instructions To have a rest on it at the beach, to sit in damp grass, to use it as raincoat, to use it as bivi bag (you close it only half, when you go to sleep, or lay on the half side the rest folded one time, so that it can’t rain inside, when it starts to rain you pull it over you), as a high tarp against hot sun, as a lean to construction against wind and as fire reflection wall and rain protection in one set up, The A frame shelter as low tent against storm, four pegs four edges rucksack as pole against heavier storm, 3 pegs 3 corners 1 tree against wind without fire or with, half low pyramide on triangle groundsheed with tree or two poles over the entrance knottet , thanks god i didnt carry hurded friends in, or had to collect rain water in, what is possible too.

It is my free time utensil no 1 and it would be my survival tool no 1 too in the most circumstances I could come in. The poncho can be a boat for your clothing, if you would have to swim through water. If you add it to your canue, itis a nice sail in the right size. You can heat it with a candle between your feed, but even without it becomes pretty warm, if you sit on the rucksack and close it around you. In this use you can beath in it, because later you air it out on the march. We call that poncho sauna in Germany.

I use the military poncho with the foldable german army insulation matress, (which is the frame of the german military rucksacks 60 l and the small old 30 liter) and / or a bivi bag in rainy weather. Cooking pot added, sleeping bag, cordage, water bottle , victorynox climber: Ready to start! In the time, other people work for earning the money for their camping equipment, i am hiking with that equipment from Kopenhagen to Napoli! (and because it is so light in cheap sporting shoes!) Over the alpin mountains i will carry two small sticks with as poles for the low A frame, using rocks as pegs

The German army uses today a GORETEX MILITARY PONCHO in Flecktarn camouflage ! It costs used so much like a brand new snugpack light bivi bag, so for the most beginners it would be a better option, to buy a real british army bivibag or snugpack bivi and a military or a light poncho of lower quality. ( the MFH is ok, the miltec is to small)

In German summer conditions, where the weather is so warm and dry, that you most times do not really need a bivi bag, and a goretex jacket with trousers works bad , if it should rain very strong in the evening for only one hour , how it does normaly in large parts of Germany and for summer use in central france and i guess in italy, poland , southeastern parts of Europe anf spain, portugal and parts of the united states too that knew german Goretex poncho is an interesting option. It is not so bomb proof like the old rubberised german army poncho, not so idiot proof, there is a reason, why the old service for everybody army used the rubberised one, the Goretex poncho came out after Germany changed to a professional army. But i know that material from my rain jacket since many years, it is very good, and strong enough, if you use it a bit intelligent. So, the new German poncho is an interesting option for poncho freaks with experiance! You get it via internet used from “Raeer” in Hildesheim and brand new from ” Spezial Depot Dehler” where you get a lot of new high end army materials too like you find it at the homepage of ASMC.