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    Good stuff! Any other ideas? I'm rigging my tarp tonight
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Good stuff! Any other ideas? I'm rigging my tarp tonight
    Hi MAD777,
    I like using 1/8" shockcord and clipping the doors closed via the D-rings on the corners of the tarp.
    I do carry 2 extra stakes just in case.
    I'll look for some picts.

    EDIT for picts

    If I want a vestibule to stow gear I'll bring the door to a peak and use 1 stake.



    1 door staked for a wind block.

    Last edited by OutandBack; 01-31-2013 at 11:38.
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    do most people have tarps with doors or without?

    i dont have doors on my tarp but I wish i did .
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    I haven't tested my method (that will come this weekend) but here's how I currently have my superly rigged; I put a piece of shock cord on one of the doors on each side, opposite each other, that is measured to be just enough to connect to the other door on the opposite end with an s-biner. So I can pin the doors back quick and easy with no adjustment. That part is proven. Here comes the hypothetical; I am hoping this piece of shock cord and the two s-biners will allow me to tie loops as needed and use the shock cord to close the doors by clipping them onto the corner stakes as well. I'm sure it will work for a couple figurations, but I'm hoping it will allow tons of options. I plan on keeping two short dog bones with me as well just in case I want something more rigid.

    I should have plenty of time to mess with it on this weekend's hike, so I'll be sure to post back here with some pics and thoughts on my set up.
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    Doors are handy in wintertime. Sometimes handy in summer too.

    If you want them it is easy to make a Grizz beak.

    The Grizz beak offers the best of both worlds. Doors when you need them and no doors when you don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverpalm2x View Post
    do most people have tarps with doors or without?

    i dont have doors on my tarp but I wish i did .
    I have the Warbonnet Mamajamba - detachable doors give you the best of both worlds! Lightweight whenever possible, full protection when you need it.

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    closed ends

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverpalm2x View Post
    do most people have tarps with doors or without?

    i dont have doors on my tarp but I wish i did .
    Personally, I wouldn't winter hang without closed ends, and have modified my Hennessy Hex with zippered ends, but also carry a Tyvek DIY with elastic corded center ends for sled trips. The closed ends just add so much heat retention.
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    Some tips, no pics tho.
    Close the doors so the windward side is out, that will shed the wind and not catch the wind.

    Personally, if you tie the doors back to create an "open" tarp, I like them on the inside. It keeps them from flapping in the breeze. And, if it does start to rain, you can close them (or just one end) from the dry comfort within the tarp. No need to exit the tarp.

    Practice setting up the tarp to get the right sidewall angle.

    Sometimes, I will pitch the tarp, close the doors, get it set just right. Then open the doors and tie them back, or open one side for easy entrance/exit. That way if a storm pops up, you can quickly re-configure the doors into closed position, without too much hassle.

    Practice, practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Some tips, no pics tho.
    Close the doors so the windward side is out, that will shed the wind and not catch the wind.

    Personally, if you tie the doors back to create an "open" tarp, I like them on the inside. It keeps them from flapping in the breeze. And, if it does start to rain, you can close them (or just one end) from the dry comfort within the tarp. No need to exit the tarp.

    Practice setting up the tarp to get the right sidewall angle.

    Sometimes, I will pitch the tarp, close the doors, get it set just right. Then open the doors and tie them back, or open one side for easy entrance/exit. That way if a storm pops up, you can quickly re-configure the doors into closed position, without too much hassle.

    Practice, practice.
    Good advice here. Noted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Some tips, no pics tho.
    Close the doors so the windward side is out, that will shed the wind and not catch the wind.

    Personally, if you tie the doors back to create an "open" tarp, I like them on the inside. It keeps them from flapping in the breeze. And, if it does start to rain, you can close them (or just one end) from the dry comfort within the tarp. No need to exit the tarp.

    Practice setting up the tarp to get the right sidewall angle.

    Sometimes, I will pitch the tarp, close the doors, get it set just right. Then open the doors and tie them back, or open one side for easy entrance/exit. That way if a storm pops up, you can quickly re-configure the doors into closed position, without too much hassle.

    Practice, practice.
    I put them on the inside, as well, but as you said, practice, practice. So I was just doing some different set-ups, and figured a pic with them on the outside would help show a basic idea of what the tarp looks like with the doors open, and you can see how they are attached......RR
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