Whether you're camping, backpacking, or preparing a bug-out bag, a good shelter is essential for staying warm and dry. In many cases, this means a tent, but tents have some noteworthy downsides. Many tents are heavy and bulky, and those that aren't — especially those in the ultralight category — can be expensive and complicated to set up. If you're looking for a minimalist shelter from the rain, a tarp is a great option. In the following video, British YouTuber MCQ Bushcraft shows how he constructed a quick-deploy tarp system for overnight stays in the woods.

The tarp itself is nothing special, but the way it has been configured intrigued us. It's packed with a permanently-attached paracord ridgeline with a pre-tied loop at one end and prusiks for tensioning. Short elastic cords have been added to the tie-out points, and these can be connected to the prusiks on the ridgeline with a simple toggle stick, as seen above.


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Once it's time to tear down the shelter, just pull out the sticks and start packing the tarp back into its waterproof stuff sack. Building a setup like this won't cost much money, won't occupy much space in a backpack, and won't take much time to construct when you arrive at your campsite. It's a great way to get out of inclement weather, even if you don't have the luxury of a store-bought tent.

Check out the full video from MCQ Bushcraft below:


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