You Can Make 15 Kinds Of Emergency Shelters With A Tarp

You Can Make 15 Kinds Of Emergency Shelters With A Tarp

And you will … after you see today’s video presentation by Mike Pullen and TA Outdoors! 

Now, let’s see… The TARP, or Troubled Asset Relief Program, was a Treasury response to the financial crisis of 2008 and a “gift” from our socialist Democrat President, “W.” It … no, wait. Sorry, wrong tarp. A Tarpaulin(!!!) is just a strong sheet of waterproof material, used for a multitude of purposes. You, certainly, if you’ve lived long enough have used one for something: covering something outside, as an emergency patch on a roof, removing your teenage daughter’s boyfriend, etc. But, have you ever thought about using one as a shelter?

We’ve seen bits and pieces of this before. The mighty and legendary Dick Proenneke lined the whole roof of his Alaskan wilderness cabin with what was essentially a tarp. He humorously got around the idea of rustic construction “cheating” by theorizing that if the pioneers had had polyethylene, they would have used it. We don’t have such quandaries, so don’t worry. The following designs do not require any justification to anyone. They do, however, need a little explanation. 

Accordingly, let’s take a good look:

Carry a tarp in your pack. They’re light, easy to set up, and extremely versatile. In addition to the various uses, Mike also goes over some neat knot tricks.

Why knot?

A strong knot, tied in a strong string around a strong tree is the base of all of his designs. 

Let’s look at a few of the models you can easily make with a handy tarp:

Adirondack Shelter

All the way from New York(!), the upstate, not the doomed city, this is a favorite with hunters and campers. It provides shelter on three sides, perfect for keeping off the rain or snow. It works very well if the fourth (open) side is where the campfire is.

Mike covers more knots with these tips. Here’s a tip: gauge which way the wind is blowing, and angle the backside of the shelter into the breeze. This will keep the wind off of you and the fire.

Basic Lean-to

Much like the last one, this shelter is even easier to erect. It only offers true protection on one, rear side, so it may not be as ideal for harsh weather. Still, it is one that you get up and get under fast. 

Mike also covers a more comprehensive lean-to with a roof. 

A-frame Shelter

Yes! This does look a whole lot like the old pup tents we used to use. All you do is drape a tarp over a taut line and secure the bottom edges on each side with pegs. This design offers substantially more coverage on the sides. One open end can face a fire. The other can be blocked up with gear or placed next to a natural wall like a rock or bush.

Before he puts this one up, Mike covers even more string work. This video is a multitude of knowledge. He even shows you how to make the A-frame “fly,” though not fully through the air, of course.

The BodyBag…

It’s not what you thought, not a place to deposit the daughter’s boyfriend … though it could be modified…

This is essentially a compacted A-frame, with a floor! The far end is small enough to easily close off in the event of inclement weather. If it is nice out, then leave it open for ventilation.

Either way, this one will keep you from direct contact with the potentially wet or cold ground. Your sleeping bag and pad will do the rest.

Stealth Shelter

It’s so-called because of the low profile. Otherwise, it offers much the same coverage as some of the others, just without the headroom.

Use this one when you want to keep out of sight. You know when stealth is important; know the tarp tent for the job. If the site is carefully selected, then you should (could) remain hidden from view by surrounding cover, be it trees, grass, or rocks. 

Tarp Tent

This one is a little more complex, requiring additional folding and tying off – a work of tap origami. It also comes the closest to the comforts of a modern poled tent. If you have a second tarp, then you can create a floor, much like the body bag. With or without flooring, this model will keep you most comfortable in case of wind, rain, sleet, or snow.

These are all great and they are all doable. And, Mike covers yet more ways to use a simple sheet to shelter on the fly. I’m sure you’re ready, so,

Watch The Video:

TA Outdoors/YouTube.

Many thanks to Mike for his dedication and expertise. Make sure to like the video. And, after you click your approval, scroll on down and look at the links he has to where (where being Amazon) you can buy that starter tarp.

Before you’re finished, don’t overlook the TA Channel on YouTube. It’s home to over 1.5 Million subscribers. Consider joining them! There, you can find anything from tool restoration to recreating a medieval Saxon dwelling – way beyond the ordinary prepper pace.

For even more ideas and fun, drop by the TA Homesite. Nose around: Mike’s got the information, a store, another store, and a special page just about fishing. 

Thank you, once again, for reading, and we’ll see you soon.

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