Help with a mini-tarp idea
2012-01-01 13:58:37 GMT
I'm hoping those with tarp experience might be able to suggest some ways of implementing an idea I had yesterday. It's a little out of the box (though I expect others have thought of it and maybe already tested it) and may or may not have any merit.
1) Suppose you had some mechanism of providing adequate cover to the bottom 4 feet or so of your body. It doesn't really matter what it is - a bivy, a waterproof bag, or just a piece of WPB cloth draped over your bag.
2) Now, you want a way to protect the top half from light rain, and in such a way that you don't invite any condensation, i.e., you want it to be very open.
3) One way would be to pitch a mini-tarp to cover a ~ 3 x 3 area around your top half. For a variety of reasons, my preference would be to have the low end above my head, and the high end around my waist, if it's not a straight A configuration.
4) It's not too hard to see how to do this if there's a well-placed tree to tie off the ridgeline, but if not, my trekking pole is going to have to be coming straight out of my stomach, or else I'll have to shape things so the pole is to one side (if there's an easy answer, that's probably it) or use some sort of hoop.
5) The hoop idea is not without some appeal - overall, it'd be like an A16 bivy with waterproof fabric on the front end or, when paired with a bottom half bivy, like a Black Diamond hooped bivy with a larger opening between the two segments - but this would add significantly to the weight. If there isn't a 2-3 additional ounce answer to this question, this is not goin g to work.
I am of course happy to hear ideas about alternative approaches and about unforeseen shortcomings, but am hoping that some of you might help come up with some suggestions that will help me give this a try.
Thanks and Happy New Year!
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