A few weeks ago I watched a great how-to video on pitching a tarp by Joe Brewer that inspired me to finally get around to making my own take on this type of video, which we'll get to soon. But first some context can be helpful. I mean, if there's already one good video on this subject, why bother making another one? Well, there are all sorts of different versions of this video on Youtube, because if you ask 10 different outdoor enthusiasts how they pitch a tarp, you'll likely get 10 different answers.
There are a lot of details and nuances that go into setting up this kind of shelter. For example, there are all sorts of different kinds of tarps, from a wide variety of fabric, to what size they are, and then down to nitty-gritty details like number of tie out points, flat or cat-cut, weight, etc. Adding location and application to the mix, and one can see just how complicated this can be, especially for someone who is inexperienced with the outdoors.