Why does everybody ask that
Actually those poles holding it up extend several feet. They are for pulling people out of the water who fall overboard off a boat.
Put a stick on the end of the rope, extend the pole, and lay the weighted rope over a high limb then tie it off at the base of the tree. Then after the tarp is somewhat tight, I use the poles to raise the tarp to to the desired level. The setup is fairly quick but obviously tear down is even faster. The green nylon sides pack up well and I also use those to enclose the awning when I use my portable propane fire. The silver tarps are more heavy duty than those cheap blue ones but only cost 24 bucks.
Its nice to sit in rain or snow while having a wood fire but you might get hit by smoke if the wind is wrong. Rarely happens though...they say smoke follows beauty so I never have a problem
Also it doesn't work too well w/o trees but can be guyed off if necessary; you just need solid ground and good stakes. I have also used the van to tie off to.