John-cord and tarp shelter
- May 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm #45385John LordParticipant
A very easy <30 second set up and tear down shelter can be done with john-cord and a tarp. Make john-cord with 550 x 25 by folding and tying overhand knot along the length of the cordage. The remaining 10-12 feet of cordage will be a length of knots and loops (used in WW II as British Jungle knots). No more knots, not even toggling. Install sliding lark’s head button toggles along the loop lengths. One design is tree-to-tree and attach the tarp edge grommets and corners via the toggles. Use the tag ends and knots along the length for variable tension between trees. You use the knots along the length as the actual toggles, held in place by the cordage loops “*====*” with “===*===” making “===**===*===.” Attach coat toggles through the tarp edge grommets and corners, making a tight tarp. Attach cordage and stakes to the bottom tarp corners for stake down. Having such folded and rolled tarp, with attached toggled cordage, one only needs to pull out a -cord tag end and wrap tree and knot-lock into place and walk to next tree, tension, and knot-lock into place. Walk back and pull down and apart and stake both ground stakes. <30 seconds … ~20 seconds with use. Using the coat toggles along the tarp length you can have “tarp on, tarp off.” in mere seconds, using the tarp for other uses (fire wind shield etc …). John-cord is 550 paracord doubled (1100) with a working strength of 300+# along its length. So using other toggles you could also hang other gear (ruck, boots, lantern, “stuff”) off the ground.
The same design can also use 2 upright poles (even modest 1 inch diameter tree limbs) under the ridgeline. V notch the 2 upright poles, attach the hammock O rings onto the notches, and firmly emplace into the john-cord loops. The 2 uprights further support all the internal weight, and relieve any extended stress on the john-cord. One can detach the lean-to tarp, toss the tarp over the ridgeline, and then cordage and 4 stakes a flying tarp, flying pup tent, in either a square or diamond shape above the hammock.
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