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Using Your WE Overhang Tarp

It is essential that you pitch your Overhang tarp as tautly as possible. In high wind, pitch it low to the ground. To obtain a reasonably sized sheltered area in such conditions the windward edge edge will need to be pegged almost against the ground. This means the wind will be flowing over the ridge. Keep the ridge (dihedral) angle as "flat" as possible to reduce low-pressure suction on the far side panel. Flogging panels cause rapid deterioration of fabrics, a fact that yacht crews know well. The tensile forces developed in a flapping fabric panel can exceed to strength of the fabric, in much the same way as the tail end of a stock whip develops extremely high velocity as it makes the "crack".

Use all the guy lines that you possibly can. If trees or other firm anchors are close at hand, then use them. Anticipate erecting your tarp on sandy beaches or other loose soil by carrying appropriate pegs that will hold firmly. If you do get caught with pegs that are too narrow to hold firmly, improvise. Place the guy end loop around a piece of driftwood, a rock or even kelp, and bury it.

The guy ends as they are supplied, with length adjusting jam-cleats, are not convenient to tie around a tree branch. Without unknotting the cleat and retying it the cleat can not be used. If you tie a simple hitch or other knot around the branch it must be done under tension. This is difficult, and doubly difficult to undo. A good solution is to find a stick, or similar elongated object that can simply be inserted as a toggle through the guy end loop after it has been passed around the tree and pulled over the part of the guy leading to the tree. Adjust the guy length so the guy is taut when finally locked-off like this.

You can use your tarp to collect water. Use guy angles to create a low-lying collection point in the centre of one edge.

On light-weight trips in country and seasons where rain is unlikely we carry an Overhang as the only form of shelter. Mostly it is used as a ground sheet just to keep sleeping gear clean. In this case, be sure to have the coated side of the fabric uppermost or, if you can fold the tarp in half and still have enough space, have the coating inside the fold. Weight the corners with rocks or peg them down. By taking care to clear the ground first, and avoiding walking on the tarp in shoes or boots, we have successfully used the lightest-weight silicone treated Overhang, even on rocky ground, for many nights without damage.

Get into the habit of loosly rolling the guys around the palm of your hand and stowing them in their pockets before packing your Overhang in its bag. Believe us, if you don't stow the guys first you will spend many times the minutes needed to do this in untangling the inevitable snarl of cords when you come to use it next.

Finally, when rolling up your Overhang ready to slip into its bag, do not simply make a series of folds as you would with a blanket. This will place all the guy pockets over one another making the roll very bulky. Offset the edges when folding so the pockets are distributed through the final folded width immediately prior to rolling up.

Be sure to follow the link and read the page on WE Tent Care. The advice and warnings it contains are essential to caring for your Overhang!

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