Hiking and sleeping: three ways to set up your tarp

Tent and tarp on a beach

There are very many ways you can set a up a tarp. In this blog post we're going to demonstrate just three of them - the classic A-frame, the more open version of the A-frame and using your tart as a tent raincover.

How to use your tarp on the beach as a sun shade?

Tarp on a beach

I recently hiked to a lovely stretch of isolated beach and made these photos to show you how you can easily use your tarp as a sun shade on the beach. The day I made these images was very windy. It takes a bit of time (10-15 minutes perhaps) to set it up but a large or a small tarp provides excellent protection from the sun in case you need it.

Hiking and sleeping: How to set up an A-frame tarp with hiking poles (with pictures, step-by-step instructions and video)

Tarp campsite sleeping bag water bottle backpack

Setting up a tarp using hiking poles can seem a bit complicated in the beginning but it actually quite easy when you get the hang of it. Here are step-by-step instructions with pictures and some videos to help you manage guidelines and stakes.