A tarp tipi shelter in the woods on a Frontier Bushcraft winter bushcraft course

Thanks to Paul Kirtley for this …

A large tarp creates a fantastic communal space while camping in the woods. It’s quick and easy to erect. A mainstay of many bushcraft camping outfits, a tarp provides shelter from rain and space to work in. You can have a fire underneath a tarp with which you can warm up, dry off your clothes and cook upon. In the warmer months of the year, this is all the shelter you need and, for many, the preferred way to live in the woods.

In the colder, darker months of the year, however, you spend more time in base camp in the evenings. You burn a lot more firewood and even with a decent fire going, you will still need to be wrapped up in warm layers. With few leaves on the trees and with cold winds blowing, you can feel pretty exposed under a tarp. It’s hard to fully relax and when it gets dark at 16:00 (as it does in the UK in winter) the evenings are long…

A great alternative for the winter months is a tarp tipi. It takes a little while to build but, once erected, provides a sheltered space that is easy to warm with a small fire. You burn much less firewood than staying warm under a tarp and in this respect alone, the tarp tipi shelter is worth the extra effort it takes to build. You can relax in what is a warm, cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

read and learn more here … The Tarp Tipi: A Modern Take on a Classic Shelter Design.