I have to deal with similar restrictions. In 2010 what I did was cut out custom Reflectix panels to fit over my tent poles and cover the entire tent, an idea I got from here http://www.flickr.com/photos/48854860@N00/sets/72157601392305368/detail/
. Then I cut slits in those panels to run the fly lines through and placed the fly over top of the Reflectix shell (I vaguely recall possibly using a white sheet as well to cover ground level gaps or something, but don't quote me on that). I found this worked well enough that I was able to manage afternoon naps inside the tent, yet was super light and not too difficult to manage. As a bonus it also helps you keep warmer at night.
This year I'm thinking I'm gonna add some camo netting to that Reflectix setup, possibly two of them or one larger one doubled up, and some plastic clip-on grommets. I've got some backpacking grade tarp poles and some line which I'll use to attempt to pitch the netting a-frame style over the top of the tent, leaving at least a one foot gap. If for some reason it turns out I just can't make that work, I'll just drape the netting directly over the fly surface and secure it using the bottoms of the tent poles (yay fallback plan).
Also, I got my line from a sailing shop. Nice and thin, yet rated to like 2,000lbs or something insane like that. I've heard parachute cord has similar properties, but I've never tried it.
Theraplst wrote:I have a 10x20 silver tarp from last years monkey hut but I' don't plan on bringing that, as you said, it's a logistics nightmare. I'm taking the burner express bus, so i have limited space. I'll look into camo netting to see if i can find a good setup for that, and i'm following up on a lead about some aluminet that I can get for cheap. Finding some extra tent poles is also something I'm gonna have to do as well.
What, in your opinion, is the best way of setting up small scale shade (something to drape over a tent essentially) while keeping it off the tent and allowing air to flow through? with my packing space in mind. I was thinking of basically setting it up like a larger A tent over my A tent.
Btw, my tent sits at 36 inches high at the top, 48 inches wide at the entrance, 37 inches at the back, and 82 inches long with guy lines on all four sides pulling it tight. I'm looking at using 10" nails to set the guy lines for the tent, and maybe getting stronger rope if it looks needed.
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