Tarp shelters the easy way

There are loads of different configurations that you can do with different tarp sizes. Bungees are a great way to put up a shelter quickly and will enable you to take it down quickly if the need arises. This leaves you more time for the other activities around camp.

We ve all seen a simple lean too shelter,  so here are the pictures of both wedge shelters.

Normal wedge.

You can use sticks for the entrance also but with one bungee it’s easier than that. If you don’t have a single tree in front you can put a tie off line across two trees and hook to that. Which is what I did here.

Modified wedge.

Using a the para cord knot, tarp clips or something along those lines, that won’t damage your tarp, you can add tie off points. These will enable you to add head room to your shelter.

I will show a few more variations in the future but these are a good couple to start with.

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Water Filtration, The 5 contaminants and should you drink your own urine?

(Correction to my facts the life straw filters 1000litres)

Remember boiling is the only 100% proven method to make your drinking water safe from pathogens.

Here are the products shown in this video

life straw


Browns bag


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A couple more Natural cordage sources.

Here are a couple more sources of natural cordage. Milkweed and Common Cattail both can be processed like dogbane, platted or Flemish twisted into a strong usable cordage.

Here are some pictures to help you identify them;

Milk weed

Easily identifiable by the seed pods which are green and filled with a white fluffy seed in the summer these are dead open and winterized.

Fibres are peeled from the split stem the same way the dog bane is. I have found that this cordage is at a decent usable strength, by platting then Flemish twisting the fibres together or by using 6 fibres to create your rope.

Cattails aka bullrush

Easily identified by the sausage on a stick looking seed pod, which is green when the plant is alive. The final stages of this seed pod is where the cattail gets its name. (shown below)

The leaves of the cattail are stronger when green and alive but can still be weaved and platted for lighter duty tasks when dead.

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