I wanted a light weight shelter to EDC in my GHB, whislt im normally no longer than 2hrs travel from home by foot my GHB is geared to cater for an
unexpected over night stay either in the civilised world or not...
The BA IPK (Individual Protection Kit) consists of an approx 8' x 5' Waterproof olive green sheet, 6 x tubular ally pegs and approx 55' of white
paracord type cordage. Cost new less than £5.00 from Fleabay or Military Surplus stores.
Whilst the sheet can be used "as is" by utilising pebbles or Clingons as "tie down points" I wanted a bit more permanency.
My good lady let me get her sewing machine out and after a few trial runs sewing scrap cloth I was ready to go
The issued sheet is unhemmed and thin but very strong unless cut. I Cut a strip of the material off along the width approx 2" long, this gave me a
strip approx 5' x 2". I then cut this up into 12 pieces sized 2" x 3". These once folded over gave me 12 reinforcement patches approx 2" x 1
I machined a hem all around the sheet using a double running stitch. I then machined a reinforcement patch into each corner (double running stich
then diag across the patches). Then added 1 patch to each centre point along the 5' width edges and a further 3 patches along either 8' length
edges (length now approx 7' 10").
This means that the reinforced sections are now triple thickness.
I then cut 12 pieces of paracord into 5" lengths, these are doubled over making 12 x 2 1/2" loops and hand stitched together into approx 2"
Next job was to tack these on the inside of each reinforced patch. I then machined them using a zigzag stictch which I went back and forth about 6
Each reinforced patch and loop was then coated in glue to waterproof the thread.
Job done, my stitchings a bit wonky but I doubt it will fail me.
Sheet, 10 ally camping pegs, 55' of paracord type cordage and 2 bungees and the total weight is 950g!
Total cost about £7.00 tops
What do you carry in your GHB's for shelter? I pack a 2 man tent in the BOB but don't carry that every day.