As part of a series on economy backpacking, I bring you my new poly tent made from a ‘standard 8’ x 10’ poly tarp bought from the local Churchill $2 shop. This one cost me A$7.99 and took only minutes to make. Mark out the tie-out positions as shown. Use Tarp clips (eg http://www.theultralighthiker.com/easyklip/ or polystyrene balls http://www.theultralighthiker.com/worlds-lightest-tarp-clip/ as tie outs – so actual tie out position will be about 2” inside the fabric edge. Tie Apex to an extended hiking pole (4’ height) as shown. Peg out Rear point, then two End points approx 6” forward. Then loosely tie out two Front points (as shown) then two Side points. Cut slit. Attach tie downs to Flaps for closure. These make a perfect guy lines: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-perfect-guy-line-for-a-hiking-tenttarp/ Place ground sheet (and dog) inside. Enjoy.
Interior: inside 6’ x 4’ poly tarp ground sheet.
Made in minutes from one of these.
PS: You can make the ground sheet into a ‘bathtub’ by placing straight sections of fallen timber underneath the edges. Total cost: Tarp $7.99, Polystrene balls (Spotlight) $2.99, String $2, Ground Sheet $2.99 = $15.97!