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I recently got a SpinnTwinn from a well-known auction site. Gossamer Gear don’t make them anymore but their new tarps are almost the same apart from the material used. The SpinnTwinn is made from Spinnaker fabric while the new ones are called the TwinnTarp and constructed from silnylon. Today was the first chance I had to try pitching it and I’m seriously impressed with it. It pitches easily, is stupid light and cavernous for a single hiker but would easily...
The first setup we love is the A-frame setup. It’s fast and it’s efficient. This standard way of pitching your tarp and will give you basic protection from the elements. If you set up you tarp in this way you will be protected from light to medium rainfall. Depending on if you let the sides go to the ground or if you keep them high. I usually keep the edges high so I can enjoy the view better. This setup...
The essence of going lighter in the woods is not so much about gear, as it is about the adoption of a simpler, less cluttered approach to one’s time backpacking. Insofar as this philosophy relates to shelters, tarps fit the bill both tangibly and intangibly. In the following article I’ll examine the benefits of tarp camping, as well as share some tips and techniques to minimize the perceived negatives. I’ll end the piece with an overview of environments in which...