Using a Tarp, the Snugpak All Weather Shelter, for wild camping or just in case of emergencies, is a unique way to enjoy the great outdoors; you are only limited to your imagination and ingenuity when the time comes to create your shelter. Many tarp designs require the use of well-placed trees to construct sturdy designs, however free-standing shelters can be made just as quickly with the addition of a couple of walking poles.
One of the most basic designs, the A-Shelter, normally requires the addition of two well placed trees to suspend your AWS from; but this design, more akin to a figure 4, can create an almost enclosed area like a tent.
Remember, your shelter protects you from the elements, including Sunshine when making a stop along the trails. With time and practise, you can construct some elaborate designs in only a couple of minutes, protecting you and your friends from inclement weather.
Follow the 10 Steps below, and you can construct a enclosed sleeping area for use in less than ideal conditions…
1. Layout the Shelter…
Lay the AWS Flat, looking for the tabs along the edges. Peg down one third of the shelter, which will become your sleeping space, protected on 3-sides.
Now you can fold over the AWS so that two thirds lay on top of the base.
Now you can measure the height of your walking poles to the width of the sleeping area – these replace the infamous trees, and allow you to create a stable shelter.
Now you can slide the tip of your walking pole into the tab, and attach a guy-line. Pull the line out at 45 degrees from the back edge of the shelter.
This forms the basic shape of the shelter, which will be almost triangular in shape. Once both poles and guy lines are attached, you can then pull them as tight as possible to create rigidity to the AWS.
Attach the tabs from the other side of the AWS and hang on the poles.
In sunny weather, you can hang the flap to protect from sunshine etc, and create some shade.
Now you can unfold the remainder of the AWS, creating a triangular enclosure. Use some home-made bungee cords (4-5mm) and tent pegs to hold it in place. At a stretch you can use heavy duty elastic bands. Loop them through the eyelets and secure.
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You have now constructed a free-standing, enclosed shelter. This will protect you from the majority of wind and rain, and along with a good sleeping system can be used for numerous wild camping trips.