Whether you need a tent quick, want to lighten your pack or forgot your tent at home this Instructable is for you. The tarp tent is not my invention but hopefully this new pitching method will make lightweight tarp camping possible for more outdoorsmen. This tent can be constructed using objects most backpackers already are carrying on the trail. This multi use of gear cuts down pack weight allowing hikers to go father quicker or just have an easier hike. Enjoy and please feel free to leave any personal stories of tarp camping in the comments, I would love to hear!
Step 1: Supplies
As I said in the intro most of the supplies needed to construct this shelter are already in your hiking pack.
You will need:
A tarp: The bigger the tarp the bigger the tent. Also, longer tarps will allow for the construction of a tent floor.
Trekking poles: The best way to pitch a tarp tent is with trekking poles. If you don't hike with them and you are camping near trees you can alternatively tie a rope between two trees.
A rope: Used if no trekking poles are available.
Utility stakes: Any type of tent stake will work.