In some places the weight of a tent can be dispensed with by building shelters from natural materials. However, in most places this is impractical either because it takes too long or the lack of suitable
materials without damaging the local environment.
A good compromise in both weight and that feeling of “connection” to the natural world is a tarp sheet.
A tarp, basha or hootchi as they are sometimes called, consists of a waterproof sheet that can be rigged in a variety of ways to give shelter from
wind and rain.
Most tarps have fixing points around the edge for pegging and tying down. Many are both lighter and cheaper than the lightest of tents and in many cases they offer advantages as well.
Tarp materials vary from plastic and proofed nylon to traditional materials like cotton
canvas. Synthetics tend to be lighter and more water resistant. Natural fibres are quieter and slightly more fire resistant.