Lean-To with Center Pole (Ridge Line)
To set up the lean-to with center pole you will need a ridge line, three guy lines, one pole, and five stakes. Begin by attaching the center sides of the tarp to the ridge line, and stake down the two lower corners. On the open side of the tarp find the center and attach a pole and guy line, pulling the guy line straight out from the middle of the tarp, and finish it off by running out two guy lines from both sides of the front of the tarp.
Lean-To with Center Pole Long (Ridge Line)
For a little variation rotate the tarp and set it up the same way. Attach the center sides of the tarp to the ridge line, stake down the two lower corners, add a pole and guy line to the front center of the tarp and run out the two side guy lines.
Lean-To with Center Pole (Poles)
Now let’s set this up with poles, to do so you will need three poles, five guy lines, and seven stakes. Start by staking down the two lower corners, on the center sides of the tarp attach a pole and guy line to either side staking them down as you would a regular lean-to, on the front side of the tarp add another pole and guy line to the center pulling the line straight out from the tarp, run out two guy lines from either side of the front of the tarp, and readjust the guy lines on the side poles pulling the lines out to the sides.
Lean-To with Center Pole Long (Poles)
The longer setup id done the same way. Stake down the lower corners, attach poles and guy lines to the center sides, and another pole and guy line to the front center, run out the corner guy lines, and readjust the side pole guy lines.
Tarp Rigging (Knots) Links:
Setting up a tarp with poles
A Comprehensive Guide to Tarp and Tent Guy Lines
Tent Stakes & How to Use Them
3 Tarp Ridgelines: Tied, Toggled & Hardware
5 Knots You Need to Know