>>1519147>What kind of tarp do you suggest?
The tarp I'm using as much as possible these days is 9'x4.5' It's as small as is reasonable, and with a bivy bag and careful site selection I can just about weather out most stroms. Depending on how much tarp experience you have or how much bad weather camping you want to do then the bigger the tarp the better. Realistically though anything around 9'x7' will be a nice solo size. More width will give you more comfort. /out/ seems to hate nice gear at times, but I would strongly suggest buying a well made tarp, if you are in the states then borah gear make some nice, well priced tarps. The key to a succesful tarp pitch is being able to crank it tight. So you have to be able to trust the tie outs and any seams. Beyond that just buy one and try it out.
I only ever use two pitches. A half pyramid for 90% of weather, that's the pitch in >>1519068
with some natural cover to act as a door you can ride out a lot in it. If it's going to be really bad then I go for a super low A frame, like in this picture. It's not very roomy and if a storm rages for a while it can be a long night. Again the smaller the tarp you use the more you will rely on natural cover to suppliment your shelter. I don't take a flat tarp into exposed places. If I'm going to have to deal with bad weather and no tree cover then I will use a pyramid tarp. >>1519103
I tarp camped all through New England and never had any trouble with ticks.