Tarps and Hammocks
Learn Hammock and Tarp Skills in a Day
The tarpaulin or tarp is an incredibly versatile shelter, often used in combination with a hammock, or simply as canopy to cook or sleep under. For many of us there is nothing quite like a comfortable night out in the woods under the stars!
There are a wide array of different systems out there, different ways to suspend the hammock and configure the tarp. We will help you select a system to suit you and/or get the most out of your existing system.
It is a great way to benefit from years of experience with hammocks and tarps in one day!
Here are some of the key skills you will be learning:
The pros and cons of the hammock-tarp system over the tent
Different designs and materials used in tarps and hammocks - some of the well known makes, pros and cons
Common knots used to tie up a hammock and tarp
Suspension systems for hammocks
Making your own "whoopie slings" (strong, lightweight hammock suspension system) from "Amsteel Blue" cordage
Getting the sag right in your hammock and the correct use of a structural ridge line
Dealing with water running along your suspension lines and into your hammock
Insulation under the hammock - avoiding the cold back effect
Tarp configurations: A-frame, Lean-to, Flying V, Cave
Bivvy bags - their use in conjunction with hammocks and tarps
Price: £80 per person
Location: can be held in Sussex, Surrey, or Moidart on the West Coast of Scotland.
Duration: 1 day 09.00 - 16.00.
Group size: usually 2 - 6 people
Facilities: we will have a group tarp, latrine and hot drinks provided.
What to bring: Course-specific kit list