Light Hiking – Tarp Shelters
Light backpackers and hikers often run into a problem when trying to decide what to do about shelter.
Many decide to bring nothing in favor of building shelters from natural materials. However, if you can’t find the appropriate building materials to construct a shelter, not having a tent can turn into a real problem. If the weather turns bad, you want a quick and easy way to construct an emergency shelter.
Enter the Tarp!
A good tarp is both lighter and cheaper than even the lightest of tents. In my opinion, tarps have a number of advantages that make it a much more attractive option to a light backpacker.
Why Tarps make a good shelter for light hikers and backpackers.
- Tarps are great in the rain….. No one wants the hassle of setting up a tent in a rainstorm, and building a waterproof shelter out of natural materials can take hours. A good tarp can be put up in less than 60 seconds, and will help you stay dry until the rain stops.
- A tarp is far lighter than almost any other type of backpacking shelter.
- Tarps are cheaper that tents.
- When combined with a hammock, they make a great outdoor shelter.
- Tarps are a great backup plan for when you can’t find natural materials to build a shelter with.