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.

How to make a fire when you’re hiking (with pictures and step-by-step instructions)

How to make a campfire firewood tent book

We LOVE sitting by a campfire and sometimes you really need a fire - to dry your clothes or keep warm. It's actually easy to make a fire if you know how to do it. Watch this quick video or follow the photos and instructions below.

Let’s face it – because of the coronavirus crisis, we will not be travelling much in the next six months. Perfect time to start hiking

Berries

Even if countries will open their borders, many people will probably not rush to travel to cities and crowded tourism destinations. We think it's the perfect time to explore the outdoors and start hiking locally.

You don’t need “bushcraft” to enjoy hiking!

Beaver marks on trees

There are more and more videos and blogs out there about "bushcraft". Many of them get a lot more views and likes than hiking videos. I’m hopeful that most people won’t feel the need to apply stone age methods in the 21st century world.

Responsible hiking: “Leave no trace”

Female hiker in the mountains Andalusia

"Leaving no trace" is not difficult. It's a natural thing to do if you want to preserve the nature you're enjoying and protect the wildlife. Here's how to "Leave no trace" while hiking.

The ultimate hiking gear check-list (download in PDF)

Backpack Trekking Poles Tundra Lapland

Pilots use checklists before take-off and so should you before you head out for a hiking trip. This way you will make sure you've packed everything you need to stay safe and comfortable in the outdoors. I’ve created a check-list for you. You can download the ultimate hiking gear check-list as a PDF.