Worried about having to buy a new tarp for your Warbridge?
Need a huge tarp that is ultralight for under $60?
Have no DIY skills or a morbid fear of Thread Injectors?
Then make yourself an Ultralight Gigantic Low-cost Yuser-friendly (U.G.L.Y. Tarp).
8 Mini line-loks (HF Store)
2 Mitten Hooks
2-4 (4 for a Bridge type hammock) Dutch Clip-on Tarp Pullouts (COTPO)
1 Tarp Flyz
1 Dutch Hook
Step 1. Order a sheet of 9x12 Tyvek. ($30 on EBay or free from a construction site as a roll end) and don't cut anything.
Step 2. Learn how to tie a sheet bend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3reZ3NuGaQ
Step 3. Order some Zing-it. 100 ' (about $25 at http://www.outdoortrailgear.com/featured/rope/ should do).
Step 4. Tie about 8-10 ft of Zing-it using a sheet bend to each corner, 10-20 ft lengths to the middle (ridgeline point) point of both short sides, and 8-10 ft, 3 ft from each corner point on the long sides (see diagram)UGLY Tarp.jpg For the mitten hook quick entry tie a shorter length and tie a loop into it as close to the tarp as possible.Mitten Hook Entry.jpg
Step 5. Place the tarp in a clothes dryer with a shoe on lowest heat for 20 to 30 minutes to reduce the crinkle. Note, the tarp will continue to soften as you use it.
I picked up a pair of COTPOs and they open it up quite nicely on the inside. For a Bridge Hammock I would use 4. As I use a WBBB, I tied a short loop to the donut (white piece) of my COTPO and then atached a mitten hook to my WBBB shelf tie out. I hook the mitten hook to the COTPO (see picture) and this keeps me from having line running inside my tarp. As a bonus I can pull on the shelf line and shake my tarp side to dump any snow or water accumulating.
While it's a matter of preference, I keep the TYVEK writing side in to give me something to read, although some may like the geek factor of letting their brand show.
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