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You Will Need
- The wind direction
- Two standing trees
- A tarpaulin with edge grommets
- Stakes or rocks
- Hiking poles (optional)
- Pieces of clothing (optional)
- Trash bags (optional)
- A poncho (optional)
- A plastic sheet (optional)
- Fallen trees (optional)
- Thick grasses (optional)
- Bark (optional)
- Plant vines for cordage (optional)
Identify the wind direction
Identify the wind direction, since the wind should blow toward the back of the lean-to. Surrounding vegetation will indicate the direction of the most common winds.
Locate two trees
Locate two trees, slightly farther apart than the width of your tarpaulin. The line between the trees should be at right angles to the direction of the wind.
Tie a rope to the first tree
Secure one end of the rope to one of the trees at the height of the lean-to’s opening. The lower the rope, the stronger the wind your lean-to will be able to withstand.
Thread the rope though the tarpaulin grommets
Thread the rope through the grommets on one side of the tarpaulin.
Attach the rope to the second tree
Tie the loose end of the rope to the second tree at the same height as on the first tree.
Weigh down the other end of the tarpaulin
Secure the edge of the tarpaulin opposite the side supported by the rope to the ground with stakes or rocks.