Once we were past most of the whitewater, we made good time with few obstructions and ample current on our side. One day on this stretch of river we paddled 37-miles which was our best day of travel on the trip.
The best places to set up camp along the route were on beaches, or gravel bars, where there were no trees. So, putting this tarp rig to use was a daily chore and we found it could stand up to a good wind.
Follow these steps to rig a tarp with no trees:
1. Peg one of the long sides of a rectangular tarp to the ground, or lay rocks on top of it.
2. Tie the tarp around the tops of paddles at the two front corners.
3. On both sides, run the rope down from the top of the paddle until it’s tight, and peg it into the ground.
4. Prop a paddle up under the middle to create more head space.
Note: If you’re having a fire in front of the tarp, it can get smokey as the smoke will eddy back into the tarp. Prop a small stick under the back edge that’s pegged to the ground to create a small opening. This will stop the tarp from creating a smoke eddy.
Well into September we pushed on towards the coast and experienced a couple cold nights. Warming fires and extra layers helped us shake off the chill as we focused on the ocean paddle that lay in front of us. We were heading into very different and unforgiving country.