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Tarps: The Quickest Way to Emergency Shelters

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Tarps, such as the previously-discussed silicone-impregnated ripstop nylon tarps, are light and easy to carry. They can be used to quickly make an immediate action shelter. Of course, there are many ways to put up a tarp. I have been told that a tarp is not pitched, but flown.

My feelings are that, in a survival situation where you need a shelter now, the quickest way is the best.

One of the quickest ways to make a shelter from a tarp is to locate a ridge pole and wedge it into the fork of a tree or over a low limb. Throw the tarp over the ridge pole and pull out the sides, then hold the sides down using logs, rocks or any other heavy objects you can find. That quickly you have an immediate action shelter.

Another way to put up a quick shelter with a tarp is to string a ridge line with cordage and throw the tarp over it. Tie out the sides with cordage using stakes and you’re set to go. Remember to place the side of the shelter to the wind, not one of the ends, or the wind will blow right through your shelter.

There are various ways to make a quick lean-to shelter using available material. However, the lean-to is my least favorite type of shelter, as it provides the least protection from the wind and rain. Without a reflector fire, it is difficult to heat.