Hey gang, I need your help with a good tarp system for an up coming Spring desert trip to SE Utah. I am an experienced hiker and backpacker but am embracing a lighter backpack out of necessity and freedom.
It looks to me an absolute barebones minimum might be a 10x12 opaque white Visqueen sheet and some cords. These can be configured numerous ways depending on requirements. I especially like the commentary our old Friend Colin Fletcher waxes so eloquently in his "Complete Walker" book. I'm familiar with the area in question and plan on utilizing overhangs and similar if things get real bad. No worries. Snow, ice, freezing rain is a possibility, though we always hope for the best. I'm no stranger to the springtime desert weeklong trips, a winter parka, and a swimsuit are both strongly recommended. It's just that I have to pare the weight back mercilessly, and ditching the tent will save both weight and bulk. What do you think? I'm not looking to spend a lot of money, I have all kinds of gear already - another angle is to utilize trekking poles and a poncho.