When I read stealthy camping and think tarp I envision something along the lines of what snipers use in combat. A ghilly suit for your hammock, using natural materials found near your campsite. Depending on how stealthy you wanted to go you could do a double layer hammock with a camo base and then some type of mesh that you could layer with local brush once you get to your site. It wouldn't have to be perfect as the camo base would help break up the pattern. And when it was time to go you shed the natural material you used, pack up and go. But you guys/gals have been doing this a lot longer than I have so my idea may have huge flaws I haven't thought of.
I suggest brown, gray, or olive for the most versatility. This is in an open backyard, but in a wooded area it would be excellent. It is not for the gram weenie though:
You win. Where is the tarp in the first pick.? I suspect my eyesight is not as keen as it need be.
Originally Posted by Running Feather
Dead center and to the right.
Originally Posted by GnomePatrol
I don't know about the hammock hangers, but many, or most, backpackers are into the Leave No Trace ethic. We do not want to cut or chop up the flora or the fauna.
The ghilli idea, so far as the big net looks good in that pic tho' I bet it weighs many lbs.
Stealth is about eliminating "tell-tales." Your efforts to be stealthy should focus on going for the cluster of elements easily remembered by M.A.N. B.L.I.S.S:
Movement (the human eye always is attracted to unusual movement);
Angle of View (are you in an area that ii easy to see, or constricted sight-lines?);
Noise (from cooking and packing/unpacking; wood-gathering, talking, etc.);
Blend-in with background (don't have to be a perfect match, but close enough to not shout "Here I am!");
Location, (because some areas will be prone to greater examination than others);
Irregular Shape and Silhouette (because the human quickly notices things that are out of order, like straight horizontal lines in a wilderness setting);
Shine (or reflection, such as bright metal, or sheen on nylon);
Shadow/Contrast, (which also has shape/background/blending factors).
And then there is Smell from cooking.
Aside from obvious colors that do not come close to matching the surroundings, for me the tell-tales are Location, Shape, and Noise.
Netting, to which season and site appropriate foliage can be attached, and stretched so that it does not have a regular shape, is the single best form of stealth cover.
Looks like a darker blob to the right in running feathers first pic. I thought the foliage looked like the Mt laurel around me then I looked at your info and saw your from Hendersonville. I'm in Franklin. These ravines and laurel thickets are great for disappearing into and finding your own little world. These laurel thickets thin out some in the winter but not much. In the thick ones you can't see very far even with snow down. I'm starting to lean towards what I do for hunting and vary the colors to mix and match and break up the blobs some. Some camo,brown,olive and the silver-grey. I lot of places around here have large boulders so the grey could pass for them also. The tarp is the biggest portion and most important to breakup. I've never worked with silnylon. Will magic marker work on it ? If not has any one tried painting or using magic marker on reg ripstop before the DIY sil. I'm thinking the silver-grey with some magic marker highlights of sorts. Last season I needed some snow camo in a pinch. I went to wallyworld and got some xx size womens white top and bott sweats. I took a very large black marker and with short strokes was able to make my own treebark looking markings. Added a little brown and green and I was good to go. Ya know your getting it done when you walk up on a bobcat just sitting there and you get to watch it for a while. Some great info and pics .
Paint doesn't adhere to silnylon. I've tried. Sharpies work, if you wanted to add "branches" to a solid-color tarp.
Originally Posted by tasthree