Pg 1: Why We Camp with a Tarp
  Pg 2: Advantages of Our Kits
     Contents of our Tarp Kit
     Sealing Compound
     Finished Weights
  Pg 3: History
  Pg 4: The IUA in 2003
  Pg 5: More Photos
  Pg 6: Customer Photos
  Pg 7: Feedback
  Pg 8: Questions and Answers
  Pg 9: More Info
  Pg 10: Dyneema (Cuben Fiber)
  Pg 11: Using Other Fabrics

The Ray-Way Tarp Kit

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Pg 4: The IUA in 2003

Most of these photos show the tarp pitched low-lying, because of the wind. In the absence of wind, we recommend pitching the tarp quite a bit higher, for better airflow.

On the IUA. There were plenty of trees close by for the ridge-lines, lifter lines, and beak-lines. The tarp almost appears to be hovering over our stealth site.

On the IUA. One lifter line is tied to an overhead branch; the other is staked directly to the ground to give added support in the strong wind. And because of the wind, we pitched the tarp low lying.

On the IUA. A clean and taut pitch using four sticks. The tarp has an interesting, less angular shape.

On the IUA. Attaching an extra length of spare cord allowed us to tie the lifter line to the nearest tree.

On the IUA. Our early-season hike through Idaho meant that we had to camp low, out of the snow; but we also had this popular 4WD camping area to ourself.

On the IUA. Four trees support the tarp's lines on this pitch.

Our 2-P tarp on the IUA. Two trees for the ridge-lines, and two sticks for the lifters. Thanks to the lifters, we have plenty of headroom underneath. This place is where (or very near where) Lewis and Clark had camped on September 15, 1805 during their great expedition. They named it the "Snowbank Camp"

On the IUA. We put the finishing touches on the pitch; the beak at this end is not yet tied out. The lifter stick on this side is quite a bit larger that what we recommend.

On the IUA. At a city park in Utah, we use nicely spaced trees for the ridge-lines, but there were no sticks for the lifters. Instead, the lifter lines are staked directly to the ground, still providing some headroom underneath.

See more photos of this tarp in action: IUA Hike & Bike
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