KEA SHELTER

Exposure to weather is one of the most dangerous aspects of the outdoors & carrying an emergency shelter is essential. The Tarp is made to be used as an emergency shelter or as a back up shelter if you already have a tent. It's also great as a gear, ground or pack cover to keep your things dry. The shelter case acts as handy spare pocket for gear, food or other supplies.

How to pack your shelter:

The KEA Rain-Fly tarp is made specifically to fit inside the Shelter pocket and must be folded in a specific way to prevent bulk. 

Tarp Folding tips:

  • Fold end to end until it is roughly the size (or slightly larger) than the shelter pocket. (do not over-fold)
  • Press down to remove as much air as possible. 
  • Stuff the folded tarp into the pocket and place the Para-cord and Pegs in the top
  • Press down on pocket to remove air as you zip closed
How to setup a shelter:
  1. Identify a suitable area to setup. Find dry/raised ground with any natural shelter available such as trees, cliffs or rocks
  2. Select a shelter type from the right considering the weather conditions. Face the silver side inside for insulation or out to reflect sun
  3. Lay the tarp out flat on the ground and measure lengths of cord required. Only cut the cord where necessary allowing extra for tying knots
  4. Tie cord to a rigid object for primary support. Peg down the base at each corner & use sticks or rocks to provide more stability.

Suggested shelter configurations:

 

1. The A-Frame

A-Frame shelter tarp

The classic A-frame is one of the quickest and easiest ways to configure a tarp. It uses a ridge-line to support the centre of the tarp, and stakes on the side to create the triangular shape of a letter A. Because of its steep-pitched sides, it does provide good protection against the wind and rain.

Pros:

  • Quick and easy to setup
  • Great ventilation and room to move
  • No need to cut para-cord

Cons:

  • Open to the elements
  • No groundsheet

 How to setup:

  1. Use the para-cord to tie a ridge-line between 2 sturdy points (trees,rocks ect.
  2. Lay the tarp over the middle of the para-cord and adjust the cord height to suit. 
  3. Peg down on one side ensuring to keep the centre of the tarp on the ridge-line.
  4. Pull tight to peg down other side and it is ready to go!

 

2. The Lean-To

Lean-to shelter tarp

The lean-to tarp is like the A-frame but offers but more space and height. You can fit a lot of people underneath the tarp and can cook or use a fire, but you are very exposed to the elements. Use this configuration only when the conditions are favourable.

Pros:

  • Quick and easy to setup, similar to A-Frame
  • Provides more space and ventilation
  • Can offer a higher roof

Cons:

  • Very open to the elements
  • No groundsheet
  • Only suitable in favourable conditions

 How to setup:

  1. Use the para-cord to tie a ridge-line between 2 sturdy points (trees,rocks ect.
  2. Peg down the backside of the tarp, leaving enough room to adjust your pitch/height against the ridge-line.
  3. Lay the top edge of the tarp over the ridge line. Adjust the Ridgeline to desired pitch
  4. Attached guide rope to the top corners of tarp and peg down tightly directly away from the ridge-line to create a stable frame. 

  

4. The C-Fly

C-Fly shelter tarp

When pitched, this shelter is shaped like C, resembling the basic lean-to shelter but an extra fold at the bottom to provide a ground cover. It's not a complicated shelter to build, but it requires a bit more technique measuring and securing the ground sheet. It protects from the wind and rain on one side while remaining open on the other.

Pros:

  • Provides good weather protection 
  • Has a ground cover for insulation

Cons:

  • A bit tricker to setup
  • Limited space inside

 How to setup:

  1. Use the para-cord to tie a ridge-line between 2 sturdy points (trees,rocks ect.
  2. Peg down the ground cover under the ridge-line. Note, the more ground cover you make the less height you will have.
  3. Pull the ground cover tight at the desired size and peg down.
  4. Pull the top of the tarp up and over the ridge-line, adjusting for height/cover preference. 
  5. Attached guide rope to the top corners of tarp and peg down tightly directly away from the ridge-line to create a stable frame. 

 

2. The Close-End A Frame

Tunnel shelter tarp

This is a low shelter that offers plenty of protection from the elements but can be short on space. It is moderately challenging to pitch.. It uses a tree-to-tree ridgeline or a pole to pitch the front of the tarp off the ground and a stake to secure the back of the tarp to the ground.

Pros:

  • Provides very good weather protection 
  • Is good for insulating body heat
  • Feels more like a traditional tent

Cons:

  • Can be challenging to setup
  • Very tight space inside
  • No groundsheet

 How to setup:

1. Peg down the centre point at of the shelter tight against the ground.

  • If using a ridge-line, tie the para-cord to the middle peg and run under the tarp and up to a tie off point.
  • If using a stick/pole to pitch, attach to the front centre point and use para-cord to peg it down on a slight angle away from the back so it stands on it's own
2. Peg down the front 2 corners to tighten the shape on the pitch point. 
3. Peg down the back 2 corners against the ground.
4. Pull the sides tight and peg them down to create a stable frame.
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