I contacted Ed Speer about the mention of different colors on the Speer Winter Tarps and he wrote back:
Originally Posted by Ed Speer
“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it." -Terry Pratchett
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I cheated though. I left out the step of pitching the tarp after the height is right. Fussing with getting the stakes right takes a little while, but that's true for any tarp.
That all said, it is more complicated to pitch the bridge. I think with practice though it doesn't take overly long. That said, at the end of a 14 hour hike/ride/paddle, even simpler is better. No arguments.
with a 41" spread you have serious tarp issues!
I've ordered a brown speer to use with the no net claytor if it ships this month