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How to Pitch a Basha

Updated March 23, 2017

A basha is essentially a tent that does not have a front or a back door flap. A basha is standard issue for British special forced out on manoeuvres. It is called a hootchie in Australia. The fabric is tied low to the ground to prevent wind from ripping it away. This low-lying basha gives the occupant enough room to crawl in and lie down. The advantage to using a basha instead of a tent is that there are fewer pieces to carry around. There are many ways to pitch a basha, depending on the wind, your geographic location and your imagination.

Locate a flat area between two trees. The trees should be as far apart as you are tall. If the trees are too close together, you won't be able to get the line taut enough to support the tarp. If two trees are not available you can use the two gadget sticks.

Inspect this area for fire ant mounds, ground bee nests and other potential problems that you don't want crawling into the basha while you sleep.

Spread out the tarp in between the trees or the gadget sticks. Tie one end of the paracord to one of the trees at the height you want the tent to be at. Pull the paracord tight and secure to the second tree. Tie a knot in the cord on the second tree when it is tight enough and cut the excess off. If no trees are available, hammer in the gadget poles with a mallet and tie the paracord to these. Tie a 36 inch length of paracord to the gadget pole on each end just above the centre line where the tarp is resting. Pull tight on this paracord until it is at a 45 degree angle and secure each side in place with a tent peg. These will be your guy lines.

Spread the tarp over the paracord line in between the trees or gadget poles. Cut four 36 inch lengths from the paracord. Tie one at each of the four corner grommets on the tarp. Tie the other end of each of these cords to a tent peg. Pull the peg tight and drive each of these pegs into the ground halfway. Twist the pegs to tighten the cord on them. Begin with the right top corner and then move to the left lower corner. Alternate corners and keep tightening the rope until the tarp is taut and even.

Lay the groundsheet under the tarp and use rocks or something else on top as a weight to keep it from blowing away. You are now ready to use your basha.

Things You'll Need

  • Tarp with grommets
  • Groundsheet
  • Paracord
  • 6 tent pegs
  • Mallet
  • 2 gadget sticks
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David Roberts has been writing since 1985. He has published for various websites including online business news publications. He has over 11 years experience in tax preparation and small business consultation. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner. He received a Master of Business Administration from Florida Metropolitan University in 2005.