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!

Learning Outcomes


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

  • Travelling light

  • 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

More Details


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

Upcoming Dates

"I found the Tarpology course to be a great addition to my fast growing Bushcraft interest.  There was a high content of information on the course which will continue to practice in the field and study while at home." - Chris T.

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