This configuration is similar to the classic A-frame, but trades a narrower interior for built-in groundcover.
Tie a ridgeline at waist height between two trees. Drape the tarp over the ridgeline lengthwise so that two-thirds hang on one side.
One tree, one ridgeline, and three stakes: That’s a recipe for excellent wind protection.
Secure a 20-foot length of paracord around the tree at waist height and stake out the free end of the cord at least 14 feet from the base of the tree into the wind.
No tree, no problem. This floorless and breathable setup goes up in minutes on a single trekking pole.
Lay tarp flat on level ground and stake out the long edge on the windward side.
Its construction is more complex, but this single-pole setup has a floor, vestibule, and a closeable door.
Lay your tarp flat with the long edge in front of you. Stake out the left corners and the midpoint of the front edge. Grab the back-right edge and pull the tarp over itself.