Use your foot to rake the leaves and pine needles out of your camping area. Remove any large rocks and sticks from your clearing.
Spread out the tarp in your clearing. Arrange it so that the four corners are each pointing at a different tree.
Tie a rope to each corner of your tarp. Lift the first rope and tie it to a nearby tree 3 feet off the ground.
Tie the second rope onto another tree 3 feet off the ground. Tie your remaining ropes to their own trees, 8 feet off the ground.
Untie each rope, one at a time. Pull it tightly and tie it to its own tree again. Remove your tarp, if there is a high wind, to prevent tearing.
Things You Will Need
- 4 nylon ropes, 1/4 inch by 20 feet
- Nylon mesh shade tarp, 10 feet by 10 feet
- Keep the low side of the tarp between you and the sun for best effect.