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    High and Dry

    So, the other day my boy scout troop went camping to 'break in' the new recruits, and guess what? It rained! Pretty much all the adults scoffed: "you'll get soaked!" they said, "you're little tarp can't possibly keep you dry!"

    The next morning, I woke up under my $10 walmart tarp dry as a bone.

    The irony? The rain had soaked through the rain flies on some of the tents, and had soaked through the bottoms of others. I couldn't help but feel a little smug, surrounded by tired, wet ground dwellers.

    And while I'm here, what's the big deal with the enormous sil nylon tarps I've seen? My standard-issue tarp has served me flawlessly...

    Edit: noticed the typo in the title. My bad.

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    That's awesome you stayed high and dry, Hugh!
    The thing about big tarps is there's legislation in the works to ban tarps larger than 10'x10', so lots of us are stocking up on the big kahunas.
    Nah, they're just easier to cover the hammock. My first tarp was an 8'x10', and while it was relatively easy to cover the hammock, it didn't go very far down to the ground, and I had to have it snugged down over my hammock, which made entry and egress from the hammock annoying. Now I have a hugacious 11'x12', which is soooo much nicer as far as headroom goes. It also goes much further down to the ground if I want it to, which helps in winter to cut the breeze.
    I have another tarp in my head, and it'll probably be a bit shorter (10.5' or 11' ridgeline instead of 12').
    I'm glad I started out with a small(er) tarp, because it taught me a lot of good techniques for staying covered and rigging in general, but the bigger tarps are that much easier.

    Hope that answered some of your curiosity,
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    You really could have stuck it to you buddies if you had a bigger tarp. Set it up as a patio awning and cook breakfast under cover while everyone else is surrying around in their rain gear trying to get their stoves to stay lit in the rain.

    No... wait.. everyone else would be under your tarp enjoying the cover. But they still wouldn't be impressed with the set up since they are scoffers to start with.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    You really could have stuck it to you buddies if you had a bigger tarp. Set it up as a patio awning and cook breakfast under cover while everyone else is surrying around in their rain gear trying to get their stoves to stay lit in the rain.

    No... wait.. everyone else would be under your tarp enjoying the cover. But they still wouldn't be impressed with the set up since they are scoffers to start with.
    Exactly! I have had it happen more than once: every one gathering under my porch! But it was OK, I welcomed the company! But, the other poor souls were on sit pads under my tarp while I was comfy lounging in my hammock. One who converted after that experience said it was not so much because of seeking a more comfortable sleep, but because he was tired of trying to find a rock to sit on and tired of being confined to a tent in the rain.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    What a triumph, Aduro.
    Is your WM tarp a standard blue tarp or is it the "new" 5 x 7 WM tarp?
    If you kept dry with that little thing then that is impressive.

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    I have a BIG tarp and love it!! It is usually both me and my wife and gives us alot better coverage on the sides for two hammocks, and like said above being able to have a dry place to cook and hangout makes the extra size/weight worth every bit to me! But definitely to each his/her own!!

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    I take a small condo with me.. I'm pretty much covered for anything short of a hurricane and I'll stay bone dry. Standing 14ft tall and 12ft wide.. coming at a whopping 2+lbs.. the Chinooooooooooooook Taaaaaarrrrrp.

    Coverage is stupid excessive and I love it.
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