Last year I designed this tarp and had Brian from OES build it.
After a few changes and a couple mailings back and forth winter was over and I never got a chance to test it out in real snow.
With all the posts on backyard testing and messing with tarps I got motivated to get my winter tarp out and play around.
The tarp specs: 11.5' ridgeline, with 7' sides to allow the tarp to be pegged directly to the ground and still be able to stand up straight.
My plans for this tarp is a multi day basecamp with day hikes. Note the Colorado Winter Stealth color, haha
Uses 6 stakes. 4 corners and 2 for pull outs. It has the option to use 3 stakes per side if wind is an issue.
1/8" amsteel CRL with tarp attached using prussics. Ends use metal figure 9's for glove on ease of tightening.
The sides can be staked closer together if you want the doors to close all the way. I like a little ventilation
to reduce condensation from my breath. The door strings are 1/8" shockcord attached at the corner stakes.
Door open mode, shockcords attaches to a plastic S biner at one of the pull outs.
Sides are kept very steep to prevent snow buildup over nite, I hope it works.
This is my Christmas present to myself this year.
I new Wilderness Logic Snipe hammock and down full length UQ over stuffed with 2oz.
Needless to say this is not a light weigh tarp at 11.5x14 however it does offer a lot of comfort and protection.