Originally Posted by Peter_pan
Also.... all this discussion on tarps rigged at 13+ feet limits/ eliminates the use of trees spaced 11-14 feet apart...
I hope you won't mind a new guy bursting into this conversation.
You can always fold or roll the end of an over-length tarp to shorten it. Tie a small pebble into the material to create a temporary but serviceable tie-out point.
A buddy of mine recently bought a 3 x 4 meter (10' X 13') tarp and I think I'll get one similar - the range of available pitches with a bigger tarp outweighs the weight penalty for me. A dry area for cooking, dressing, or just to have somewhere to stand during a torrential downpour is well worth it.
I've been using two Ex Brit Army "Basha's" (about 6' 6" x 8') up to now, they have pop-studs to join together and work OK on the diagonal when I'm certain there'll be no rain, other than that, its both together or the new bigger one when I get it.
Ogri the trog