A few nights ago I was talking with Barefoot Jake about setting up different types of tarps, from flat tarps to shaped tarps. I have always enjoyed watching others set up their shelters when at camp, and more specifically tarps, since some can be pitched in a number of different ways. After Jake & I finished talking, I decided that I would do a video and show everyone how I set up my ZPack’s Hexamid Solo Plus tarp. I have done videos in the past of me setting up different tents, and even some tarps that I have/had, but not this one yet…
Now let me say that Joe has a great video on how to set up the Solo Plus tent/tarp, but I do set mine up just a little bit different. I don’t think that it really makes a difference in pitch once the tarp is erected, but I have found that the order shown in my video below is what works for me. In the video, from removing the tarp out of the stuff sack to walking away from the shelter was about 2.5 minutes, although, I can set this tarp up a little faster (so long as the landscape is ideal).
Also, worth noting, this exact tarp was the same tarp that Joe took with him to the ADZPCTKO this year for display. So, the guylines that are still on it were actually cut & installed by someone at ZPack’s, except for the front guyline, which I have removed and replaced with a slightly longer one.
Before getting started, I set my GG LT4 trekking pole to approximately 52 inches in height, which is the recommended height. I use the MSR Carbon Core stakes on the front & back guylines (being that these are the main guylines and require more holding power) and some of the Titanium Ti-Hook stakes from Lawson Kline for the remaining guylines.
So, here is the video…
Also, I did order the Solo Plus Hexanet for this tarp a couple of weeks ago, so once it comes in I will do another video of this entire set-up.
Thanks for watching!