Introduction: My Tarp "Lounge"

Picture of My Tarp "Lounge"

I made this fort in the woods over Spring Break, and since people on instructables are nice, and not stuck-up jerks I've decided to make this little slide show. I would do a step by step, but I didn't take pictures while I was building it because my camera was messed up. So I hope you guys can figure out how i did this. The frame uses no nails, only rope, so it doesn't hurt the trees. Some of you guys might be thinking that I'm too old for fort building, well, your never too old. I also like making them more and more sophisticated. This one has an air conditioning that uses evaporation. It's also screened it in many parts. I plan on making a little sink for it, but at the moment I'm broke. so i hope you guys enjoy it, and if you have any ideas on things I could add, just leave it in the comments.


PaulS69 (author)2016-09-19

The day I'm too old to go build a "fort" in the woods is the day to nail up the lid on my coffin. Growing old disgracefully, immaturing as the years go by!!

nickolaiisoe (author)2013-03-17

What is the airconditioner

Wazzupdoc (author)2011-08-14

I'm 63 and still don't know what I want to be when I "grow up". My advice: never grow up. I have a fort in my backyard. It passes as an art studio and the fortress of solitude. I still like to climb trees. You go boy! I like your fort!

ducktape.mac (author)Wazzupdoc2011-09-09

you just made my day! i hope that when i get older, that i can still keep my spunk just like you!

tdem (author)2011-04-20

I like the air conditioning. Where does the water come from?

ducktape.mac (author)tdem2011-04-21

i just like to keep a thing of water down there. its a 3 liter bottle of it, so i gets it pretty wet. i was going to connect my old bike pump to some pvc and run it into a little creek we have, but i didn't want to be breathing in that humidity that has bacteria in it and stuff. the creek also dries up a lot.

theothebub (author)ducktape.mac2011-05-06

man ur good

ducktape.mac (author)theothebub2011-05-06


Don,t try this at home (author)2011-04-10

Nice i made one of those tarp tents last year and tryed to sleep in it but a angry bull kinda runed our plan lol.

oh, that sucks. what do you mean by a bull?

One of the bulls like a cow but a guy lol it was running loose in the woods and smacking trees or somthing it kept walking around our camp site so we left.

i would have left as soon as i heard the leaves rustling!!

We thought that it might go away... But we were wrong lol

i wouldn't have even waited for it to go away!
which state were you guys camping in?

we where camping in ellendale in delaware its not a camping site it was outback a friends house and its not the best nighborhood lol

i see. i think that the worst that would be in my woods people wise would be a lost, drunk redneck.

The worst in my woods are a stoned gangmember trying to find more weed money lol

you don't live in the most innocent area, do you?!

Umm we were not camping in the best area lol try to look up new hope road in ellendale delaware and see what you find lol

jensenr30 (author)2011-04-10

Is this supposed to be a sweat-shop? just kiddig. This is pretty awesome.
In all seriousness, what do you do out in your fort?

ducktape.mac (author)jensenr302011-04-11

i like to just sit and look out at the woods. most of the time though, i think really hard about things. its one of the only places that i can do that because its so far down in the woods that nobody really bothers to come and get me to do things!

jensenr30 (author)ducktape.mac2011-04-11

very cool. I'm not being sarcastic.

dchall8 (author)2011-04-10

Living in Texas I would hang a hammock and build the lounge over top. There are too many critters on the ground around here. Some of them steal your food, some of them stink, and some of the rattle.

ducktape.mac (author)dchall82011-04-11

i actually had planned on making a hammock!!!

Biggsy (author)2011-04-10

Very cool... I tarp camp all the time!/photo.php?fbid=10150273087315268&set=a.10150273061250268.497154.689130267&theater!/photo.php?fbid=10150273088230268&set=a.10150273061250268.497154.689130267&theater

This is what we come up with...

I'm a survival instructor with my mate... this is what we would describe as delux camping :D

Biggsy (author)Biggsy2011-04-10

Oh... and your NEVER to old to make forts

ducktape.mac (author)Biggsy2011-04-10

so you camp in them? is it very fun? i thought about camping in mine, but i just get kinda nervous in the woods at night.
how long did it take you to put up those tarps in the pictures?

Biggsy (author)ducktape.mac2011-04-10

we camp under tarp all the time... You find you get used to it, and tents become claustrophobic... Just expect a visit every now and again from a hedgehog who wants to eat your snacks

With you being only 14 I wouldn't advise TARP camping by yourself... you should take an adult, as well unfortnatly there are alot of sick peopl in this world

The tarps take maybe 5 minutes to put up... if that :)

ducktape.mac (author)Biggsy2011-04-10

yeah. i live really far out in the backwoods though, so i don't think that creeps would bug me.

where do you normally camp?

Biggsy (author)ducktape.mac2011-04-11

yes, that maybe the case... but it's still safer to take an adult along... Sorry I'm a Scout leader so I can't switch off the cautionary advice :p

We camp anywhere, when we go on an expedition we'll take one to sleep under, but mostly we take them to Scout campsites, where we practice our stills and stuff...

Theyre not difficult to put up, we only use rope and (sometimes a little ducttape)

diyoutdoorsman (author)2011-04-10

Good job. I make these type of tarp camps quite often when the weather is warm. Spend as much time in the woods as you like. Trust me, when you're 60 you'll probably never say "I wish I had spent more time working".

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