4 Ways to Pitch a Tarp That Every Backpacker Should Know

For versatility and affordability, nothing beats a tarp. With an 8-by-10-foot piece of nylon, some paracord, stakes, a trekking pole, and a little ingenuity, you can make a shelter to withstand any weather.
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Body Bag

This configuration is similar to the classic A-frame, but trades a narrower interior for built-in groundcover.

Diamond

One tree, one ridgeline, and three stakes: That’s a recipe for excellent wind protection.

Holden Tent

No tree, no problem. This floorless and breathable setup goes up in minutes on a single trekking pole.

The Jordy

Its construction is more complex, but this single-pole setup has a floor, vestibule, and a closeable door.