Went out for a solo camp a few nights ago. I wanted to try using my tarp for just the 3rd time, and with rain forecast, I knew it would be put through its paces!
Here's some pictures of the set up I used. Not great. I did put the front down into a more protective A-shape as the rain began in the morning, but it still leaked all over me. I eventually had to head home early as I was getting so wet!
I think I needed to make it more taut, as it should surely otherwise be waterproof, being an army issue tarp? I also need to learn some knots as I currently haven't a clue! I've replaced the blue twine seen here with some paracord, which should help. I had a lot of trouble getting all of the slack out of the ridgeline, so the tarp sagged a little. Perhaps this allowed rain to collect, causing it to seep through...
Here's another photo showing the setup a bit more clearly:
I also had a go at cooking some salmon fillets using a method that I've seen used countless times by a certain Mr Mears! It was great to put my new Mora Companion to work, and also have a go at making some twine for the first time, using stinging nettles. Here's some shots of my dinner, which tasted fantastic:
The twine just about held up! It wasn't really holding the stick very tightly shut though, I think I needed to make more/thicker twine in order to do a better job. It also caught fire at one point when the flames got a bit high!
Thanks for reading, I'm going to have a look around the forum for some tips on tarp set-ups/knots, but if anyone has any useful basic knots to recommend, or any other advice, that would be fantastic, as I don't fancy getting wet again!
Hope you enjoy the snaps! Cheers.