Pitching the Poncho: Warning: This may save your life:

 

Just enough room for a man and his dog – an essential on a cold night!
Just enough room for a man and his dog – an essential on a cold night!

Some folks did not find my instructions quite clear enough about this (here: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/sambar-deer-stalking-102/). These pictures may help. You can pitch a 5’ x 7’ nylon poncho as quite a good dry shelter (with a fire out the front). Tie the centre of one of the 7’ sides to a tree (or stick) about 3’ up, pin out the other 7’ side to the ground taut, bring the remaining two corners in as close as they will come to the tree, again as taut as they will go. Now you have an excellent three-sided waterproof shelter open only on the lee (fire) side and long enough to lie down in. You can heap it with leaf litter for a soft bed & insulation then wrap yourself in a space blanket in it. Some STRING (spectra cord) in your pack is always a good idea. You can even use one of those mylar emergency space blankets in lieu of the poncho. They are surprisingly strong; the wind will not catch and tear them pitched like this. You can roll a teaspoonful of earth into a ball the size of a marble and tie a noose around it, catching the material in the noose in order to guy/tie it out. If you have a knife you can whittle some emergency tent pegs, or tie the guys to rocks. Shown is a ‘standard’ 5’ x 7’ nylon poncho. This one has no hood you will notice. There is a secret about that you will learn from a future post (soon): http://www.theultralighthiker.com/hole-less-ponchoshelter/

Side view.
Side view.
Rear view.
Rear view.
Make a noose
Make a noose
Catch the marble (macadamia) and the mylar in the noose. Tie out.
Catch the marble (macadamia) and the mylar in the noose. Tie out.

 

See Also:

http://www.theultralighthiker.com/hole-less-ponchoshelter/

http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-pocket-poncho-tent/

 

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