The woes of tarp ownership

5:04 p.m. on July 15, 2017 (EDT)
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My first tarp casualty, the recently tested sea to summit hammock tarp. Done in by a rather short 2ft branch during a thunderstorm last night.


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5:37 p.m. on July 15, 2017 (EDT)
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Sad. Hope it slowed down that branch before it hit you!

10:10 a.m. on July 16, 2017 (EDT)
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LoneStranger said:

Sad. Hope it slowed down that branch before it hit you!

 2nd that

10:15 a.m. on July 16, 2017 (EDT)
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Don't camp beneath trees with widow maker branches......

11:00 a.m. on July 16, 2017 (EDT)
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Hey thanks for that sage advice! Haha, i am certainly aware of widow makers. Just goes to show its easy to miss at times. Especially when its a short one and high up and above other healthy branches

2:12 p.m. on July 16, 2017 (EDT)
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Often times in New England it is a matter of minimizing your exposure as opposed to eliminating it. Walking through the woods and seeing how the wind tears off the tops and upper limbs of live, healthy trees when the mood strikes makes it clear there is no totally safe spot out there. I recall breaking camp one morning with branches coming down all around me as the wind picked up. Was out of there in record time you can be sure.

You do what you can in terms of site selection and then hope for the best. Sometimes singing a little REM can be comforting when you hear the gusts howling in your direction "Don't fall on me..." Just glad you didn't get taken out by this one TR!

10:00 p.m. on July 19, 2017 (EDT)
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About 14 months ago near Coloma California 6 of us campers were standing around talking about 30 feet from a tree when we all heard a loud crack and then crash! A 20 foot section of the trunk broke off and crashed down. We were 30 feet from the tree. A good thing. Closer we might have had a combined concussion. ;-)

12:28 a.m. on July 20, 2017 (EDT)
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That's why ya always carry Gorilla duct tape on yer hiking poles and a few strips of ripstop tape in yer tent bag.

Ma Nature can give you "tough love".

7:01 a.m. on July 20, 2017 (EDT)
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300winmag said:

That's why ya always carry Gorilla duct tape on yer hiking poles and a few strips of ripstop tape in yer tent bag.

Ma Nature can give you "tough love".

 Luckily this was in my backyard, but you are correct gorilla tape makes for a good temporary repair on a tarp.

5:50 p.m. on July 23, 2017 (EDT)
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This isn't really a woe of tarp ownership, the same thing could have happened to a tent.

10:00 p.m. on July 23, 2017 (EDT)
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I agree JR, except tents can be pitched further from trees.

12:05 a.m. on July 24, 2017 (EDT)
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I should correct -- it IS a hammock tarp issue, other tarps not. Thx.

7:24 a.m. on July 24, 2017 (EDT)
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If that happens to my new tarp I will cry.

8:44 a.m. on July 24, 2017 (EDT)
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It can happen to anything we use really, tarp, tent, rain jacket hanging out to dry, whatever. This post was really just a reminder to everyone that it can happen even when you try and take all precautions.

Been using tarps and hammocks since 2009 or so with ALOT of nights of use under my belt. It can happen, so always be diligent in site selection to minimize the possibility.

9:31 a.m. on July 24, 2017 (EDT)
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It can happen, so always be diligent in site selection to minimize the possibility.

Absolutely! While I am usually solo, I occasionally go backpacking with others and have sensed sometimes a little frustration or at least impatience with my site selection process...it can be tough at the end of a long day to resist stopping at the first decent site that comes along.  Once you have a site, there is the next level of adjusting the actual pitch location within the site...combined I have spent a couple of hours but more often thirty minutes at least getting this right.  Part of the routine that really satisfies me.

9:49 a.m. on July 24, 2017 (EDT)
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A little on the extreme side...the ultimate widow maker?
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